Who owns a laptop? I see a lot of raised hands out there, including mine.
You can’t deny its convenience for work and entertainment but unfortunately, it can force us to assume postures that can increase neck strain and shoulder tension.
What do all these laptop postures have in common (and do you recognize any of them)?
- Sitting at your dining table looking down at the monitor
- Working at your coffee table looking down at the monitor
- Working on your lap looking down at the monitor
The problem is that your head weighs about 10 lbs and when you’re looking down for a long time it’s about the same as if a bowling ball was hanging from your neck! You can imagine how much extra neck strain this causes as well as the extra tension put upon your shoulder muscles. This can cause them to get very sore.
There is an easy 2-part solution to this. While we love the portability of a laptop, most of us regularly use and keep ours in the same place. The first thing to do is buy an extra keyboard and mouse and attach them to your laptop. This is especially useful if you work on the dining table. Next, put your laptop on a box/stand so that your eyes are level with the middle of the screen. (They even have trays that can go across your lap to keep everything at the right height so you can keep sitting on the couch.)
That’s it. This new positioning will reduce any further neck strain and shoulder tension. If you still have soreness even after switching to this position, use gentle chiropractic adjustments to decrease and control your pain.
For more articles on neck pain, see below.