Is Your Laptop Causing You Pain?
I am completely and totally devoted to my laptop. While we have a perfectly functioning, practically brand new desktop computer in our office, I pretty much only work on my trusty, almost-five-year-old laptop. I tend to lounge on the couch with it, or if I'm feeling especially lazy, then I will even lay in bed and work. I've used it on airplanes and on trains, I've sat in countless coffee shops with it, and it got me through a multitude of last-minute research papers in college. Unfortunately, while they're incredibly convenient, laptops can also cause some serious pain in your neck, shoulders, forearms, and even in your eyes (oh, and did I mention lap burns? Ouch.). Here are a few ways to mitigate the pain from laptop use:
Get a laptop stand.
Because laptop screens are so much lower than other computer screens, you have to hunch over more than you normally would in order to be able to see it. This can lead to all sorts of not-so-fun aches and pains in your shoulders and neck. A laptop stand is a feasible way to avoid this problem, as it allows you to place your laptop at eye level. Furthermore, it gives you room to use a full-size keyboard and mouse, which can prevent aches in your arms and hands from using a compressed keyboard.
Regardless of the type of computer that you work on, it's important to take regular (even if they're short) breaks in order to stretch your arms, legs, shoulders, and back, and to give your eyes a break from staring at a screen for too long. If you need to, set an alarm for every hour or so in order to remind yourself to stand up. Take a few minutes to get some water and/or a snack, go to the bathroom, or step outside for a few breaths of fresh air. It will do wonders for both your body and your mind!
Look into chiropractic care.
If your body has been giving you a hard time due to laptop use (or any reason, for that matter), consider receiving some chiropractic care. Regular adjustments from your chiropractic practitioner may help you to keep you body aligned and pain-free. If you aren't sure where to start, stop into any Joint... The Chiropractic Place location for a consultation. Their knowledgable staff, convenient walk-in hours, and affordable prices are just what you need to keep your body in working shape!