Advice on preventing pain when using your laptop

Research has shown that a prolonged period of laptop usage is associated with upper limb and spinal problems.

What is the problem?

  • The screen and base are hinged together; therefore it is impossible to position the screen correctly in relation to the keyboard.
  • The screen is often too small and the image is not always as good. This results in people straining to see the screen and poor posture.
  • The keyboard is often too small for comfortable use, and the mouse pad means reaching over to get to the keyboard.
  • Using the mouse pad instead of a separate mouse puts more strain on the wrist and arm.
  • The weight of carrying the laptop between locations can put strain on the back and neck, especially if carried in a bag on one shoulder.

Read our free PDF with advice on preventing back pain when using your laptop.