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HEALTHY COMPUTING EMAIL TIP 520: GIVE YOUR LAPTOP A RAISE

Do you use a laptop at home or at work? Are you forced to look down at the screen or do you have the screen at the right height, causing you to reach up to type? Are your neck and shoulders tired from struggling to adapt to laptop ergonomics? Stop laptopitis and increase your comfort when you GIVE YOUR LAPTOP A RAISE.

HOW TO GIVE YOUR LAPTOP A RAISE:

Optimize laptop ergonomic factors. First observe how you relate to your laptop. Is your laptop sitting on a desk or table with the keyboard and trackpad/mouse too high, forcing you to lift your hands up to type? Or is the keyboard at the right height with a screen too low, causing you to drop your head to look down?

To minimize laptopitis, use an external keyboard and mouse placed at the appropriate height so that when typing your upper arms hang at your sides, your elbows bend at about 90 degrees with your lower arms and wrists parallel to the floor. Raise the laptop with a support so that the top of the screen is at eyebrow level (see model laptop supports

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Take many large movement breaks to interrupt the static tension of sitting in one position while working.

The Institute for Holistic Healing Studies and Human Resources sponsor the distribution of Healthy Computing Email Tips. Copyright 2009 Erik Peper, Ph.D. and Katherine Hughes Gibney. Permission to copy and distribute Healthy Computing Email Tips for personal use is granted. Distribution or copying of Healthy Computing Email Tips for commercial purposes is prohibited without prior written consent of the copyright holders.
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