Whole Person Wellness Program
Certified Coach Training
Find a Practitioner
Tai Chi & Qigong
Massage & Bodywork
Music & Sound Healing
Natural Vision Care
More Alternative Therapies
Emergency /First Aid
Obesity & Weight Loss
Complementary Medicine (CAM)
Flower Remedy Practitioner
Massage & Bodywork
Vision Care / Training
America's Worst Enemy?
What is the leading cause of death in the United States?
Healthy Computing: Laptopitis
The following is one in an ongoing series of columns entitled Healthy Computing Tips by .
View all columns in series
Optimize your performance and prevent computer-related injuries with Healthy Computing Email Tips. Each week we provide hints to help you stay healthier while working.
"Can't you leave the computer at work instead of being married to it and taking it on our vacation?" is no longer an uncommon complaint. The ubiquitous laptop is used at work, in subways, planes, cars and on the kitchen table, writing desk and sometimes even in bed. In the constant use of the laptop, we often collapse to see the screen or place our hands at incorrect heights. Presently more laptops are sold than desktops. Optimize the ergonomic environment and reduce LAPTOPITIS.
HOW TO REDUCE LAPTOPITIS:
Optimize the ergonomic set up and check your angles.
Are your hands too high because the laptop is on a kitchen table or regular desk? Raise your seat so that your elbows are in a 85-110 degree range and your writs are level (e.g., sit on a pillow).
Are you tilting your head down to read the screen?
Look down with your eyes while holding your head slightly more erect. Take every opportunity not to look at the screen while you work. Move and rotate your head from side to side and back and forth. Curl and uncurl your spine by gently arching and rounding your back and neck.
Use a laptop stand for convenience (see www.backshop.nl) with an external split keyboard (see www.goldtouch.com), mouse, trackball or track pad.
Use a docking station for ease of use and/or use an external monitor that can be adjust to the correct height: the top of the screen is at eyebrow level.
Practice micro- and large movement breaks.
Move your head, neck and back every 15 minutes (e.g., imagine a pointer at the top of your head and draw figure "8" on the ceiling while relaxing your shoulders and continuing to breath).
Relax your shoulders and arms every minute (e.g., drop your hands to your laps after hitting return and then continue to type).
Install a reminder program, such as "Stretch Break" (see www.paratec.com).
Implement all of the Healthy Computing Email Tips.
View all "Healthy Computing Tips" columns
Add your comment
About The Author
Erik Peper, Ph.D.
is an international authority on biofeedback and self-regulation. He is Professor and Co-Director of the Institute for Holistic Healing Studies, Department of Health Education, at San Francisco...
Related Articles & Links
From Our Friends
Popular Related Articles/Areas
Stages of Change and Readiness for Change: An Interview with James Prochaska, Ph.D.
Lipids: Fats and Oils
Simple Steps against Herpes
It Keeps on Ticking: Understanding Your Biological Clock
Welcoming All That We Are
Wendy Weber ND
Condition: Peripheral Vascular Disease
Popular & Related Products
Colostrum & Probiotics
Read Without Glasses
Multi-Vitamin Liquid - Child
Immune Support Kit
Essential Fatty Acids
Popular & Featured Events
Error Reading Event Calendar
Stevia Products & Info
Dimensions of Wellness
Find a Practitioner
Discount Lab Tests
Global Health Calendar
The information provided on HealthWorld Online is for educational purposes only and IS NOT intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
Are you ready to embark on a personal wellness journey with our whole person approach?
Improve work-life balance
Enhance your health/wellbeing
Are you looking to create or enhance a culture of wellness in your organization?
Whole person approach
Do you want to become a wellness coach?
Whole person focus
Dimensional wellness model