Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist Cheyenne Rivers of Missoula-based ErgoWellness gives the following insights and recommendations regarding the use of a laptop for keyboarding at work.
Remembering back, I didn’t start having many problems until I switched to a laptop. With this transition from a stationary computer to a laptop, I became more mobile, yet working at a laptop made my work completely ergonomically incorrect. Awkward and static postures while keyboarding was certainly a key factor leading up to the challenges I experienced with arm and hand symptoms.
If you are determined to do the majority of your work on a laptop, consider purchasing a nice big screen that can be hooked up to your laptop. Arrange the screen so that it is slightly below eye level. This will ensure you’re not hunched forward while working, which would otherwise occur while working a small laptop screens. Ultimately, this will help you keep good posture and promote optimal health and well-being at the computer.
Cheyenne Rivers, CEAS