How a laptop stand can protect you from getting bad back and neck pain
Experiencing pain in your back, or even your neck could be due to working prolonged hours at a laptop. And what comes with working prolonged hours on a laptop is sitting for long periods of time too.
The reasons why sitting can hurt your neck or back
The main reason sitting can cause pain in your neck or back is because of the pressure and stress being applied to the discs in your spine, as well as straining your muscles. The longer that you sit for, the more pressure will be applied to these areas.
Often, this pain will be made worse when the chair you are sitting in is not ergonomically designed to provide extra support for the spine. Although an ergonomic chair is essential at any workstation, a laptop stand can be another great way to reduce the risk of getting neck or back pain.
What exactly is a laptop stand?
A laptop stand is a stand-alone piece of furniture, similar to a podium. A stand like this is usually quite small and can be positioned on your desk whilst you work. Often, stands are adjustable, this means you can raise and lower your laptop stand to work to your specific needs.
Why are laptop stand so helpful?
Laptop stands are helpful because they allow users to position their laptop at an angle that best suits them. Also, it means there is less risk of screen glare, which can lead to eye strain and headaches.
If you find you’re looking down at your laptop, then this will increase the risk of neck and back pain. A laptop stand could help alleviate this pain, as the stand can be set to whatever height you choose.
Eye strain, headaches, and back and neck pain could lead to an unproductive approach to work, or even increase the risk of absences from work, so getting one is a no-brainer!
Our favourite laptop stands at Vergo
Adjustable Aluminium Laptop Stand – This adjustable laptop stand is made of high grade, lightweight and sturdy aluminium. It has a slim and lightweight design and allows a laptop to be displayed at six different angles. The neoprene carries case it comes with doubles as a mousepad.
U Top Laptop Stand – The classic ‘U TOP’ laptop stand with new copyholder, and ‘quick lock’ support arms. It has an easy set-up and folds flat for transportation and storage.
U Top Pro – This laptop stand has a document holder with ‘quick lock’ support arms, which are also capable of supporting books. Again, this stand has easy set-up and folds flat.
Getting a DSE Workstation Assessment
If you’re interested in getting a laptop stand but you’re unsure what stand would work best for you, then getting a DSE workstation assessment could be worthwhile.
A DSE Assessment will identify any issues with current setups as well as any specific products that may assist on a proactive basis with regards to Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs).
For further information about how Vergo can help contact us here.