December 30, 2013 ‐ By Sakita Holley, Madame Noire
Get a Laptop Stand for Your Desk
Elevating your laptop can help improve your posture and reduce pain to your neck, back, arms and hands. Try this one from Belkin.
Advice from Dr. Joseph Horrigan, Director of the Soft Tissue Center at DISC Sports & Spine Center:
Widespread use of computers in the work and home environments has brought common aches and pains. Too often, the monitor is placed too low. The eye gaze drops down to the monitor and the head and neck tend to follow our visual tracking. The head is not a light weight, so once it drops forward, the muscles of the upper back and neck must continually contract to counter the head’s forward displaced weight, much like losing a tug-of-war. These muscles become fatigued and chronically strained, which, of course, leads to upper back and neck pain and — in some cases — headaches as well.
If you have a desktop computer and monitor, raise the height of the monitor until you are looking at the monitor at eye-level. This will help keep your head and neck in a more posture neutral position. If you look down at your laptop all the time, neck and upper back pain will occur. There are several options to resolve this. If you use a laptop at work, you can buy a wireless keyboard to type and elevate the laptop on a stand, or even thick books. This will place your head and neck in a better posture but let you type all you need.