Top 4 Laptop Ergonomic Tips
Osteopath Heath Williams of Principle Four Osteopathy gives us his Top 5 Laptop Ergonomic Tips.
- Avoid using the laptop for prolonged periods of time on the couch, in bed or at the kitchen table. Where possible, use your laptop in a designated work area with an ergonomic chair and office desk.
- Where possible, try plugging a separate keyboard and mouse into your laptop so that you can separate yourself from it. This means that you will be able to push the laptop screen back to arms length away and place yourself in a position where you can improve your typing and mouse posture.
- When manual handling your laptop, be sure to use a back pack or laptop bag that is comfortable and allows you to handle it with good posture. If you are required to carry your laptop for extended periods of time, opt for a back pack that is fitted to you and allows you to carry the weight close to your midline and symmetrically. Carrying laptops in laptop satchel bags over the shoulder for long distances may result in your developing musculoskeletal aches and pains.
- When using the laptop for periods greater than 30 minutes, make a conscious effort to have a 5 minute break every 30 minutes. Laptops were designed as portable tools that should only be used for short periods of time. If your work requires you to perform > 1-2 hours of work on the laptop per day, then be sure to get yourself a laptop riser, separate keyboard and mouse.
Where Can I Purchase Laptop Accessories
Back Care and Seating are one of Melbourne’s premier ergonomic equipment providers. Click the link below to find out what laptop accessories you could be using.
About Principle Four Osteopathy
This blog was written by Osteopath Heath Williams who is the owner and director of Principle Four Osteopathy. Principle Four Osteopathy is one of Melbourne City CBD and Docklands leading Osteopathy Clinics.
The Melbourne City CBD clinic is located at 29 Somerset Place (basement), close to the corner of Elizabeth St and Little Bourke in the Melbourne City CBD. Our premises adjoin the Jon Weller Personal Training Studio, a fully-equipped training space which allows clients to combine their osteopathy treatment with exercise tutorials or specific training programs and rehabilitation.
The Docklands clinic is located at 717 Bourke St (Ground Floor), beneath the Channel 9 building near the walkway from Southern Cross Train Station to Etihad Stadium. Our premises adjoin Pilates on Bourke, a fully-equipped pilates and yoga training space which allows clients to combine their osteopathy treatment with exercise tutorials, pilates or specific training programs and rehabilitation.
To speak to an Osteopath or book an appointment at Principle Four Osteopathy, please book online or call 03 9670 9290.