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Work station ergonomics – The Ergo Q

Work station ergonomics – The Ergo Q

Neck, shoulder and head pains are certainly on the increase and one of the reasons behind this is our increasing use of laptops, smart phones and computers. Laptops are purchased because they are a convenient way to use a computer, as the name suggests they can be used on our lap! Unfortunately this normally means we opt for a slumped posture on the sofa with our head in a forward position, with our chins tucked in. This position if sustained and repeated many times I believe leads to strain, pain and eventual wear and tear of our necks and back. There is no scientific trial that prove this, but companies worldwide spend millions of pounds every year trying to ensure their employees are working in health and safety approved environments through good ergonomics. So why should this be any different at home? Most of our patients spend at least 30-60 minutes a day on a PC, laptop or smart phone but rarely consider the damage they are doing to themselves over the long term. For this reason we suggest that all laptop users consider purchasing an Ergo Q or similar. This excellent product turns the laptop into a raised VDU screen and promotes a marked improved posture in the user. It does require the laptop to be used at a table (not a bad thing as this normally means the user has to sit up straighter) and does require a separate keyboard which can be purchased for around £10. However it is slim, light and portable which means you can take it away with you or move it from room to room. If you suffer with headaches, migraines neck or back pain this is a must for you! Just think it could prevent the need for repeat visits to your physiotherapist, certainly a positive thing!!!

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