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Preventing Hand and Wrist Strain at Work

Preventing Hand and Wrist Strain at Work

Preventing Hand and Wrist Strain at Work

Sitting at a keyboard all day places stress on your forearms, wrists, and hands.  Day after day stress and strain can result in pain and injury. Carpal Tunnel and other repetitive stress injuries are commonplace among those using keyboards on a regular basis. Here are a few ways to prevent hand and wrist strain and greatly reduce the chance of injury.  

 

  • To prevent stress and strain on your arms, wrists, and hands you need to find ways to maintain a neutral position.  Neutral positioning means maintaining your wrists in a straight line with your forearm.  Your hand should not angle up or down as you use your keyboard.  Everything should be in a relaxed straight line.  
  • Traditional keyboards often your wrists to angle out and to angle upwards because of the positions of the keys and the keyboard tilt.  Instead choose an ergonomic keyboard that has better design to accommodate the neutral positioning.  
  • Mini keyboards, split keyboards, and left-handed keyboards, are all excellent choices for both left and right handed people looking to improve the ergonomics of their keyboard.