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Ergonomic Tools Can Reduce Wrist and Hand Pain


Do you experience pain or numbness in your wrist, hands or forearms after a long day at your computer? Here are some tips to provide immediately pain relief and to prevent further injury.

Immediate Relief from Pain

  • Wrist splintApply cold compresses or ice. Cold packs can reduce the inflammation and pain in the wrists and hands. Remember not to apply ice directly to the skin and only use it for 15 to 20 minutes at a time.
  • Try over the counter medication. Some anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen quickly relieve pain, but talk to your doctor or pharmacist before adding taking any new medicine.
  • Use a wrist splint. A good wrist splint will keeps your hand and wrist straight and flat, not bent or held back. Most people benefit greatest from using a splint at night when they to flex their wrists without realizing it. Check out this article about how and when to wear a wrist splint.

Using Ergonomic Tools to Reduce and Prevent Pain

  • Maintain good your hand and wrist posture. There are a few great tips that can help protect your hands and wrists. First, let your hands lightly hover over the keyboard while typing. Secondly, relax hands and finger in a slightly curved posture. Thirdly, keep your wrists level, never flexed or bent upward, and keep your hands, wrists and arms straight.
  • Use your wrist rest properly. Never place pressure directly on your wrist as this will agitate the carpal tunnel area. Use the ball of your hand on your wrist rest to support your hands. And don’t try to rest your hands or wrists while you are actively typing. Learn how to benefit from a wrist rest while avoiding the drawbacks.
  • Upgrade to an ergonomic keyboard that is designed to encourage good hand and wrist posture. Choose one that feels comfortable and fits your hands. The classic split keyboard is gently curved to support the shape of your hands and wrists. The new mini keyboards are compactly designed with the keys closer together, eliminating the reach and strain often experienced with standard keyboards.
  • Adjust your keyboard placement to encourage relaxed posture in your wrists and hands. Your keyboard should sit about an inch or two above your lap with your forearms parallel to your thighs, and the keys should slope away from your body at a slight angle. An ergonomic keyboard tray can make this angle and placement fast and easy.

Don’t ignore pain in your wrists! Try a good wrist splint to provide protection and time for the muscles to heal. And upgrade to ergonomic keyboard to restore better posture in your hands and wrists. These simple changes can help prevent your current discomfort from becoming a serious injury.