How to Beat Neck and Shoulder Pain from Sitting at the Computer

I nearly went bonkers with neck and shoulder pain from sitting at the computer. Whether traveling or at my local coffee shop, hours spent with my head tilting towards the screen screwed with my body. Then I read a post by a fellow blogger who wrote about solving the same complaint, The Roost, a collapsible, nearly weightless, travel-friendly laptop stand. I was desperate so I gave it a go and it worked!

In my office, I use a 27” monitor.  I sit straight up, view my work at eye level and keep my shoulders relaxed. Unfortunately, I can’t take my monitor with me when I’m mobile. I can pack The Roost.

Avoid Nasty Neck and Shoulder Pain When You Travel
My computer on the Roost at the hotel. The seat in the room was rather
high so I adjusted the Roost height accordingly.

To use The Roost, you’ll need to use an external keyboard and mouse. You can type with the computer on the Roost but that pulls your shoulders forward and defeats the purpose.

The Roost comes with a small travel pouch but I recommend buying the optional case that holds the stand, an external keyboard, and a mouse in one slim silhouette that fits in my carry on bag.

The Roost Portable Laptop Stand

(Disclaimer: I am not getting paid for this endorsement. However, if you choose to buy with the link above I will receive a small percentage of the sale.)

If you’re wondering if I am a shill for the brand—and I could understand why you might draw that conclusion—rest assured, I  have no relationship with the company and I paid full price. I just wanted to pass along something I loved and found useful.

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Computer on a Roost: Avoid Nasty Neck and Shoulder Pain When You Travel




66 thoughts on “How to Beat Neck and Shoulder Pain from Sitting at the Computer

  1. Norman Wilson says:

    Thank you very much, Susan, I’ve been looking for something like that, now I have one, thanks to you, I’ll let you know as soon as I get it if it hlps me as much as I think it will.

  2. Jeff B says:

    Nice write-up! I tried buying through your link, but the code isn’t working. I pasted it in as “QXJA-4D34DK-XKEX2Q”. Should it still be working today, 3/22?


    • Susan Portnoy says:

      I think it’s a classic issue. My stepmother is taking an online course and doesn’t have a monitor so she uses the laptop as is. She was having terrible neck and shoulder pain, plus headaches derived from the muscle cramping. She got the stand and she loves it.

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