When using a laptop, it is important to do so in a healthy way:
- Ensure a good seating posture.
- Raise the screen.
- Support the arms while typing.
- Use a separate mouse to reduce stress on the hand and wrist.
- Regularly interrupt work with short breaks.
A laptop can not be properly adjusted to the user, specially in terms of the height and distance from the screen and the operation of the mouse. This often results in a hunched posture, because the keyboard is stuck to the display. The weight of the head is not supported, but lifted by the neck and shoulder muscles, which can cause blood flow problems and pain. Research has shown that more than two hours of laptop usage per day (without tools) increases the risk of complaints significantly. Using a laptop stand ensures that you work with a healthy posture, because it places the screen at (or slightly below) eye level. This means the head is in a natural position and the neck muscles are more relaxed. Separate input devices, such as a keyboard and mouse, are necessary for this.