Do you suffer from physical complaints behind your laptop? Work ergonomically!

Do you know that feeling after or while working behind the laptop: pain in your eyes, neck, back and/or shoulders? The laptop is popular in the workplace and has now taken over from the desktop.

Almost everyone uses laptops these days and there are many advantages to using a portable laptop over a stationary desktop. But not everything about a laptop is equally good: using the laptop increases various physical ailments.

This is caused by sitting excessively bent forward. This position, which involves raising the shoulders and tilting the back and neck forward, is extremely bad for the body and creates unnecessary strain on various muscles.

This position is almost automatically adopted after sitting behind the laptop. It places increased strain on the neck, back and shoulders. In addition, the screen of a laptop is usually positioned too low, causing eye strain.

There is a simple reason for this: the laptop's keyboard is attached to the screen. This makes you more inclined to look down, which creates tension on your neck muscles.

Since everyone is asked to work from home, it is essential to create a good workplace. This not only remedies/prevents the above complaints, but also increases work productivity.

Adopting the correct posture behind the laptop is difficult without aids. In fact; without tools it is virtually impossible . Below are three attributes for a laptop to create an ergonomic workplace.

Laptop stand

With a laptop stand, the laptop can be adjusted to the ideal height. This reduces the viewing distance and positions the screen at the correct height. It is now possible again to sit behind your laptop in an upright position. Unnecessary complaints to the eyes, neck, shoulders and back are prevented.

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Now that the laptop has been adjusted to the ideal height, the laptop is still not comfortable (and ergonomic) to use. It is therefore strongly recommended that you also purchase a mouse and a separate keyboard. This ensures a good posture behind the laptop. These products are ideal to combine with a laptop stand.

Ergonomic mouse

A 'normal' traditional mouse ensures that both the hand and the wrist joint are held in an unfavorable position. It is not a relaxed, neutral position of the hand. In fact, it forces the joint of the hand and fingers to lift against gravity every time a click is made. Even when the mouse is not used - but the hand is positioned on the mouse - this causes increased muscle tension in the extensor muscles of the forearm and wrist/hand/fingers.

A good ergonomic mouse places less strain on the forearm and improves comfort because you work within your comfort zone. An ergonomic mouse ensures a neutral position with the arm, hand and fingers.

The mouse provides comfort and supports the use of the mouse with the entire arm instead of, in particular, the wrist. Large weights can bear more weight than small joints. The shoulder and elbow joint are therefore more resilient than the wrist joint.

Compact keyboard

A compact keyboard is a smaller keyboard than a regular keyboard. This is because the numerical part on the right is missing. By using a compact keyboard it is possible to place the mouse closer while working, allowing you to work within shoulder width. This prevents overstretching of the arm and results in a healthier posture.


Do you prefer to work on a tablet? Then the above attributes are also recommended.

More ergonomic tips? See our previous blog about working ergonomics.