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Ergonomic Keyboards Help Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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If you spend most of your day typing at a computer, chances are you have experience soreness or numbness in your hands and wrists after a long week. You may be agitating the sensitive carpal tunnel area in your wrist, which can lead to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). Here are a few tips to improving your keyboarding health and preventing future injury.

  • Reposition your keyboard and mouse. Your keyboard should be slightly lower than height of your elbows, about an inch or two above your lap. Using a slight negative tilt away from your body will make it easier to keep your hands and wrists relaxed. Try using a fully articulated, keyboard tray to allow for easy, fast adjustment of your keyboard’s position and angle.
  • Check your hand and wrist posture. It is so easy to forget or overlook the rules for healthy typing, but they are not only to make typing faster, but also to protect you from injury. First, relax your hands and fingers. Let your hands lightly hover over the keys and use a light touch when typing. Next, always keep your hands and wrists straight while typing, forming straight line from your elbow, through your wrists and down your middle finger. Lastly, keep your wrists level with your hands and arms; never flex them, or bend them upward. If you are experiencing discomfort, a wrist splint can help support good wrist posture.
  • Upgrade your keyboard. Ergonomic keyboardsare specifically designed to help you maintain good hand and wrist posture. There are several different styles and sizes; try them out before deciding which would benefit you the most. The split keyboard is gently curved to follow and support the natural shape of your hands and wrists. The compact design of the mini keyboard pulls the keys are closer together, eliminating the straining that sometimes occurs when reaching for a key.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a serious injury that can affect your daily life. Changing you habits and equipment can help. Install a flexible keyboard tray to quickly optimize the position and angle of your keyboard and mouse. Also, upgrade to an ergonomic keyboard to provide better support for your hands and wrists. Take the time to change your habits and protect yourself from injury and pain.