Reduce Neck and Back Pain with the
From: Dennis Votta
President and Founder
If you're like me and spend any amount of time on a laptop computer, you've probably experienced some problems with neck, back, and shoulder pain. Most laptop users do, and never realize the source of this nagging pain. On this site you will learn why laptops can be at the root of neck, back, and shoulder pain, and tips on how to avoid or prevent the discomfort altogether. Personal experience led me to look for these answers.
In the late 1990's, like two-thirds of all computer users, I started using a laptop for nearly all my business needs. With the advent of the Internet, and its explosive growth, the laptop also became my primary research tool and a first-line mode of business and personal communications. The result, I often spent up to ten hours a day on my laptop. That's ten hours slumped in front of a computer screen (sound familiar?).
By 2002, I began experiencing serious problems with my neck and back, including pain that radiated down my right arm. At first, I didn't associate these problems with laptop use other than considering the possibility of carpal tunnel syndrome. When I consulted doctors with whom I work however, (including some in the field of ergonomics) it became increasingly clear that my laptop played a major role in my condition.
It turns out that all those hours on my laptop, hours spent in a slightly slouched posture, were damaging my body! In fact, X-rays showed that the bones in my neck were actually starting to remodel because of my poor working posture.
Today, there is a way to solve or prevent the physical problems and discomfort that often accompany extended laptop use. On this site, I will explain the causes of the problem AND this remarkably simple and cost effective solution.
Mobile Artifacts, working with experts in the ergonomic field, has produced a laptop stand that allows for proper, ergonomically correct postures during laptop use and provides for more comfortable and more effective work.
"There are simple, physiologic reasons why laptop users suffer from neck, shoulder, and back pain. Put simply, laptop computers are not ergonomically designed, and generally foster poor posture and slouching. Over extended periods of time, this can result in damaging stress to the bones in the neck.
Without understanding the source of this discomfort, most laptop users exacerbate these problems over time. It's unfortunate that most never know that slight corrections to their working posture can alleviate this stress, and more importantly the damage and pain it can cause.
The new, patented, ergonomic SmartStand is the only product that allows you to position your laptop so it's ergonomically correct for YOU anywhere�in the office, on a commuter train, or even a long airline flight."
Dr. Mark Vettraino, President/Director of Task Group, Consultant to numerous Fortune 100 companies, and noted Ergonomics expert.
Today more than two thirds of computer users have laptops for the obvious benefits they bring in terms of mobility and ease of use. As such, millions of people spend excessive amounts of time "slumped" over their computer screens at home or in the restrictive confines of an airplane or commuter train. With this increase in laptop use, there has been a huge increase in the prevalence of neck pain, back pain, and shoulder pain amongst laptop users. Many of these problems can be directly tied to poor posture.
All ergonomic injuries are result of at least one of three factors:
Generally speaking, it takes two of these three factors to cause a cumulative stress injury. Though force tends not to be a major factor in most office work, repetition and posture most definitely are. As we will discuss, Posture is the key contributing factor in the neck and back problems affecting laptop users. Fortunately, it is also the one factor over which we have imminent control. Change the angle and position of the laptop monitor, and you correct the cause of these physical problems; bad posture.
"Though the Laptop is a great technological advancement that allows for increased productivity and mobility, the low positioning of the screen and keyboard can aggravate the body's natural inclination to slouch or slump forward."
- Dr. Mark Vettraino
After about 5 minutes in a sitting position, the human body naturally slumps forward. This occurs because the "flexor muscles" in the front of our bodies are stronger than the "extensor muscles" in our backs. This forward pull puts stress on the neck and back, which can lead to discomfort and pain: a leading indicator to injury.
If we combine this natural leaning inclination with the need to lean into a workstation or computer screen that is positioned below eye-level, the normal laptop users will find themselves in a slouching posture for extended periods every day. Though the shift in posture may be subtle, the resulting stress can lead to physical symptoms ranging from mild to moderate discomfort and pain, to degenerative bone disease.
The importance of good posture should not be understated. When the human body is in the proper posture, the spine supports the body with minimal stress, as it was designed to do. Altering the natural curves of the spine creates stress.
When your bones experience stress they react by strengthening the area in which the stress is expressed. For instance, when you break a bone your body recognizes the break as a negatively charged stress area. It then sends calcium and magnesium (positive charges) to repair the bone. This is known as "wolf's law" or the piezoelectric affair (image 1)
Another example of the piezoelectric affair would be seen in long distance runners who run five to ten miles per day. Image 2 above exhibits a runner's leg bone. Over a period of time, the bone in the leg will remodel to the lines of stress; a natural process in which the body essentially strengthens the bone. This is a normal bodily response to stress that involves little or no discomfort or pain.
However, when you alter the natural curves of the spine, you also create stress. The body does not differentiate this stress from the examples described above, and lays down bone salts to strengthen that area in much the same way. When bones begin to remodel where they are not supposed to, long-term problems occur such as bone spurs, osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease. The pernicious effects of poor posture associated with laptop use are best understood in this context.
One of the more prevalent complaints of laptop users is soreness in the neck and shoulders. The reason for this is the fact that the neck is forced into a forward flexion posture. The human head weighs approximately twelve pounds, and this twelve-pound weight sits on a bone about the size of your little finger. The weight of the head leaning forward for any period of time will begin to pull and stretch the soft tissues, muscles, and nerves in the neck, shoulders, and head.
The short-term effects of this detrimental posture include discomfort, soreness, and minor irritation. Long-term, this posture is known to be a causative agent for degenerative joint disease process or osteoarthritis.
Stage 1 is a healthy neck curve. As the bone remodels due to awkward postures (Stage 2) bone spurs are created (Stage 3). Stage 4 illustrates how the bones have remodeled to become one. Stage 2 can be reversed through therapy. Stages 3 and 4 may require surgical intervention.
This degenerative process is now being seen even in children. Children, teens and college students are spending much more time on computers leading to extended periods in awkward postures.
The first portable laptop stand that allows you to raise your monitor to "eye Level" and improve your posture is now available. The SmartStand is a lightweight laptop stand that allows you to sit up straight when using your laptop.
SmartStand is an ergonomic laptop stand that helps you achieve good posture. Simply open up the laptop stand and place your computers on top. You instantly have an ergonomically correct laptop workstation wherever you are.
"I was experiencing a lot of shoulder and neck pain from using the laptop constantly at work. Since using the Smart Stand, the pain is gone and my posture is better! As a result, I bought them for my entire staff."
- Pat T Chicago Illinois
"Before I had a Smart Stand, I just got used to working with my laptop on a desk. Once I started using the Smart Stand, I had to get used to being comfortable! It's really a must have if you spend any amount of time on a laptop."
- Dave A New York NY
"The SmartStand is the only product that allows you to position your laptop so that it is ergonomically correct for YOU. Proper monitor positioning can lead to better posture and reduced neck stress."
- Bill S Atlanta, GA
"When I fly coast to coast, I can spend the entire flight on my laptop and the battery never loses its charge. The SmartStand lifts and cools my laptop for extended battery life. Guys shutting their computers down after an hour or so, always ask how I'm still working. SmartStand."
- Tim G Stockton, CA
The first portable laptop stand that allows you to raise you monitor to "eye Level" and improve your posture is now available. The SmartStand is a lightweight laptop stand that allows you to sit up straight when using your laptop.
Simply open up the laptop stand and place your computers on top and you instantly have your ergonomically correct laptop workstation.
You have seen keyboard trays for $100.00 and monitor risers for $100.00. That's $200.00 to place your monitor at eye level and achieve a proper typing position. There are products on the market that claim to provide an "ergonomic" solution, but they don't allow you to sit up straight while working.
Other products offer to cool the laptop but don't position the monitor high enough to get any ergonomic benefit. Still others get the monitor high enough, but don't allow you multiple typing positions (in order to use these, you need to spend an additional hundred dollars on a keyboard!). These products can cost as much as $599.00 but none match the benefits you get with the SmartStand.
The portable SmartStand lifts the laptop to eye-level, provides multiple typing positions, and facilitates better posture (all while cooling your laptop and battery for extended life and faster processing times).
To introduce this innovative product, we are offering you a laptop stand that lifts the laptop to eye level and provides multiple typing positions for only $39.95. (Regularly $79.95) This is a special Internet marketing test that we are offering for the next 20 Internet orders. Once we've reached this quota, the price may change at any time.
SmartStand is the best insurance against neck and back pain on the market. How much are you willing to invest to work comfortably and pain free? Can you put a price on your health? This is a limited time offer so take advantage of it today.
Fortune 100 companies understand the value of a healthier and more productive workforce and pay significant amounts of money for this seminar. It's yours at no charge with your purchase today!!
I am so confident that you'll absolutely love the SmartStand ergonomic laptop stand, that I'm going to give you a 90-day money back guarantee. No questions. No hassles. If you don't like your laptop stand for any reason, just send it back and you'll receive a full refund. So there's no way you can lose!!