Working from Home can be Painful

There have been warnings about a large rise in cases of back, shoulder and neck pain as people hunch over laptops or tablets at home. Often the will be without their usual adjustable chairs, proper desks and mice. It doesn’t take long to realise how irritating a laptop trackpad can be.

The use of a laptop for serious work can be a particular problem because the screen is low and people are forced to lean forward much further than usual. A small keyboard without a separate mouse can also exeagerate the problem.

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It appears that there is a surging demand for desktop PCs and other homeworking equipment which is likely to continue as the lockdown period is extended.

Ideas for staying pain-free

Adjust your chair if possible so your hips are higher than knees a dining chair should work well.

Don’t use a laptop on your lap. Support it on a stable base with support for your arms. The dining table or a cojputer desk is ideal.

If possible use a separate keyboard and mouse. Use books or a stand to place a laptop at eye level.

Increase the text size on your screen to lager normal.

If you are involced in video conferences, place the device you are using on a shelf and stand up.

Take a break every 20 to 30 minutes and walk around.

If you are uncomfortable, do something about it.

Good habits will prevent aches and pains catching up with you later.


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