What do all these laptop postures have in common?
- Sitting at your dining table looking down at the screen
- Working at your coffee table looking down at the screen
- Working on your lap looking down at the screen
In every scenario, you're looking down at the screen. The thing is, your head weighs about 10 lbs and when you're looking down for a long time that's about the same as if a bowling ball was hanging from your neck! You can imagine the extra tension this adds to your neck and shoulder muscles and how sore they can get because of it.
There is an easy solution to this. While we love the portability of a laptop, most of us regularly use and keep ours in the same place. Buy an extra keyboard and mouse and attach them to your laptop. Next, put your laptop on a box/stand so that your eyes are level with the middle of the screen. That's it. This new position will prevent further injury to your neck and shoulders. If you still have soreness even after switching to this position, seek gentle chiropractic adjustments to decrease your pain.
Dr. Maya Pande is a doctor of chiropractic and owner of Pande Chiropractic in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. For more wellness tips visit her website at www.pandechiropractic.ca.