Laptop computers are commonplace in British homes and offices, offering the opportunity to work pretty much anywhere. However, this flexibility comes at price, with regular laptop users susceptible to issues with back pain and poor posture.
Here we look at some of the simple adjustments that we can make to avoid the unnecessary discomfort that can occur when regularly using a laptop computer.
Support your back
Whether you use your laptop at a desk, an armchair or on the sofa, make sure that your lower back is adequately supported. This will reduce the strain on your spine significantly and prevent issues such as stiffness and chronic back pain.
Keep your feet on the ground
If you’re sitting at a desk or table, make sure to place your feet flat on the floor, or make use of a footrest at a level that you find comfortable. Also do your best not to cross your legs for a prolonged amount of time, as this is known to contribute to posture-related issues.
Screen at eye level
Though it can be difficult with smaller digital devices, it is best to have your screen directly in front of you, putting less strain on your neck and back. This can be achieved by investing in a laptop stand, preventing the bending of the neck and strain on the spine.
Take a break
As with any form of computing, it’s really important to take a rest from your laptop during prolonged tasks in order to prevent repetitive strain injury and issues with posture. It’s best advised to take a break and perform some stretching exercises every 30 minutes or so.
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