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Keyboard Users Can Prevent Repetitive Stress Injury


Using a keyboard can cause stress and pain in the forearms, wrists, and hands. Many people using a keyboard on a regular basis for hours at time don’t realize just what damage they could be doing to the wrists and hands. The next time you sit down to your keyboard pay take a look at your forearms, wrists and hands. How are they placed?

If you find your wrists are angled you could be doing harm to muscles, tendons and nerves in your wrists and hands. Angling your wrists to accommodate reaching the keyboard and your mouse places undue stress and compression on the area. This stress and compression can result in what is known as Repetitive Stress Injury. Repetitive Stress Injury can cause tingling and numbness in the hand and fingers, pain in your wrists and forearms, and can cause your hands and wrists to ache. Left uncontrolled medical attention is necessary to correct the issue.

If you are having issues concerning Repetitive Stress Injuries, consider switching keyboards. Many people are now finding that switching to what is called a left handed keyboard reduces those awkward positions and improves the condition of their forearms, wrists and hands. Why does using a left handed keyboard help?

The layout of a left handed keyboard places the numeric keypad on the left side of the keyboard. Placing it on the left side allows users to place their mouse closer to the keyboard. This prevents awkward and damaging positions as you work between keyboard and mouse.

If you don’t use your numeric keypad, consider choosing a keyboard that replaces it with a touchpad. Using a touchpad instead of a mouse eliminates those awkward positions when working with mouse and keyboard.

Your first thoughts may be that making such a small change won’t have an impact. If you’re not convinced just start paying attention to your positioning as you move between your mouse and keyboard. Also, pay attention to how much you are using the mouse and to how your wrists are placed. This will help you become more aware of just how much stress and compression you could be placing on your wrists and hands.

Changing your keyboard to a left handed keyboard is a simple matter. The rewards could be great. Try a left handed keyboard. The results are well worth the switch.