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ealthy Computing Tips

Give Your Laptop a Raise

© Erik Peper PhD

The following is one in an ongoing series of columns entitled Healthy Computing Tips by Erik Peper PhD. View all columns in series
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While using your laptop at home or at work, are you looking down to see the screen or do you lift your hands and arms in order to type? Are you tired from struggling to adapt to the laptop ergonomics? Stop laptopitis and increase your comfort when you GIVE YOUR LAPTOP A RAISE.

>How to Give Your Laptop a Raise Optimize laptop ergonomic factors by observing how you are adapting to your laptop. Is your laptop sitting on a desk or table that is too high so that you are forced to lift your arms and hands in order to type? Or, is the keyboard at the correct height, but you are forced to look down to see the screen?

To minimize laptopitis, use an external keyboard and mouse placed at the appropriate height so that when typing your upper arms hang at your sides, your elbows bend at about 90 degrees with your lower arms and wrists parallel to the floor. Raise the laptop with a support so that the top of the screen is at eyebrow level.

While working, remember to interrupt the static low muscle tension by taking many large movement breaks.

Copyright 2002 Erik Peper, Ph.D. and Katherine Hughes Gibney

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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 State University. He is President of the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe (2005) and past President of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback.......more
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