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6 Tips for Keyboarding Health

6 Tips for Keyboarding Health

6 Tips for Keyboarding Health

All day keyboard use places a lot of repeated stress and movement on your arms, your wrists, and your hands. If you have tiredness, tightness, tingling in your fingers, or wrist pain, your keyboard could be the culprit. To reduce stress and strain as well as to prevent chronic injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome consider investing in an ergonomic keyboard.

  1. If you are left handed, use a left-handed keyboard. Using the key pad by crossing or turning your hands is not ergonomically healthy.  Even righties can use a left-handed keyboard if they want to get the number pad out of the way.  Alternatively, a mini keyboard can also help keep the keyboard and mouse in close proximity.
  2. The keyboard should be placed directly in front of you at a height that you do not have to keep your arms angled from your elbow to your wrists.
  3. Use a wrist rest pad as these are found to help support your wrist at the proper position for extended amounts of time, and ideally for times of rest between typing and mousing. This helps you avoid contact stress by keeping your arms away from the edge of your desk.
  4. Choose a keyboard that can be height adjusted. This helps if you need only to raise or lower your keyboard just a little.  
  5. Consider a keyboard tray.  A keyboard tray should be wide enough and deep enough to hold the keyboard as well as your mouse or any other peripheral accessory device. Your keyboard tray should also be at the proper height for your size. The minimum height adjustment should be between twenty-two inches and twenty-eight inches from the floor.
  6. Maintain a neutral position of your wrist and hands at all times.  This means no bending or cocking.

 

Just following these few simple rules can greatly reduce stress and strain on your wrists and hands.  Use these tips to reduce the possibility of hand and arm aches and pains.