We’re often asked what people can do to avoid experiencing pain or stiffness while sitting on their laptops for longer periods of time. In reality, sitting for long periods of the time would never be advised by any medical specialist. Remaining stationary for a long amount of time can lead to a lack of circulation in the body, it can cause you to stiffen up and may cause you trouble sleeping at night. There’s a reason sitting has been called the next smoking!
Correcting Your Posture To Avoid Pain
There are certainly things that could be done to limit the amount of stiffness or impact to your posture that sitting on a laptop for a long period of time could give you, but whether you should be finding excuses to sit for a long time is questionable. Studies have also shown that being active for at least 30 minutes during the day can counteract some of the negative effects of sitting, but it’s advisable that you still try to increase your activity during the day. In order to minimise the impact on your posture, you should try to make sure that you’re maintaining good posture while at your computer. The temptation with a laptop is to look down at the screen if it’s sitting on a desk, or even worse to look down at the screen if it’s sitting on your lap.
First and foremost, if you do work at home we would strongly advise that you don’t do your work on the sofa or in bed due to the temptation to adopt poor posture. If you’re working at a desk, like you should be if you’re working at home or at the workplace, you should make sure that your shoulders are back, your neck is looking neutrally forward (i.e. not looking up or down at a screen) and your feet are flat on the floor. To get your laptop up to a higher level, you may have to sit it on some books or a box. If you find yourself struggling to maintain this kind of posture during the day you may need to check in with yourself every so often to make sure that you correct yourself, or take some measures to strengthen your upper back and core.
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