Better Body Mechanics Video Series

by Chārutā AhMaiua, Licensed Massage Therapist

 

Have you noticed your neck bothering you more since you’ve been working at home on your laptop more often? Do you find your neck and shoulder muscles stiff, tense and sore? Watch this video to learn better body habits and prevent future irritating neck strain with these tips from Licensed Massage Therapist, Chārutā AhMaiua.

 


How to Reduce Neck Strain from Working on Your Laptop All Day

 

Transcript: Hey there. I’d like to tell you why it’s not a great practice to use a laptop computer as your main workstation, hours and hours on end.

The reason being is that the keyboard and the screen are too close together. What that so that means you’re always needing to look down to do your work. What that does is it shortens these muscles (gestures to neck) and elongates these muscles (gestures to back of neck).

Now that wouldn’t be a huge problem except the average head weighs tens pounds. So you’re lengthening these muscles and then asking them to do a deadlift.

 


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What Causes Neck & Shoulder Pain When Working on a Laptop?

 

Many people that work on laptops end up with muscle pain in the shoulders and necks due to incorrect posture. Working extended hours at a laptop with incorrect posture can lead to sore and stiff muscles and eventually cause repetitive stress injuries.

When working at your computer, your body should form a 90-degree angle at your elbows and your eyes should look strait ahead a the top of the screen. Laptops however aren’t designed to support this posture. With the screen and keyboard combined you can’t position them individually to fit your best body mechanics. Overtime looking down at the screen or holding your arms at odd angles will cause muscle strain that leads to neck and shoulder pain and even wrist related pain.

Return for Video 2 to learn tips & techniques you can do at home to prevent future muscle soreness when working on your laptop.

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