Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Tips for diagnosing, treating, and avoiding carpal tunnel syndrome.

Mini-Keyboards – Good Ergonomics at Work

Making the Switch

If you’re thinking about switching to a mini keyboard, you’ll be happy to know there are ergonomic benefits.  

  • Having a smaller keyboard can save you from shoulder, neck, forearm, wrist, and hand pain.  This is especially true if you are a frequent keyboard user because you can keep your mouse snuggled right next to it without sacrificing desk space.
  • Since the mini is a much smaller keyboard, you’re not flexing your wrists as much because there is a smaller space in which to reach the necessary keys.  This results in a benefit as you’re not as likely to get into a stressful wrist position.  
  • Choosing a mini keyboard with a touchpad eliminates the chances of stressing neck and shoulders by stretching and reaching to use the mouse.  The touchpad which replaces the mouse is right on the keyboard, so there is little movement involved in use. 
  • The sheer size of a mini keyboard provides ergonomic benefits. Movement to the perfect non-stressful place on your work surface is easy with a mini.  Thus you don’t have to be concerned that you’re stressing or raising shoulder muscles as you use your mini keyboard. 
  • More and more laptop users are using mini keyboards to replace their computer keyboards.  This allows for better placement of the mini keyboard in a position that doesn’t place stress on muscles without sacrificing viewing your laptop’s screen.
  • Placement is a big plus for mini keyboards and ergonomics. It is easy to move a smaller keyboard forward, backward, and side-to-side.  
  • With a laptop and a mini keyboard you get the benefits of ergonomics and portability all together. 
Some people complain that the smaller keyboard makes it difficult to type comfortably. Granted the space is much more compact, but in realty it does your body no harm, so don’t worry. It is more like a trade-off for the increased mobility of the keyboard.    One thing to keep in mind for successful mini keyboarding is to remember to take frequent breaks.  Your muscles were not designed to remain in one position for yours on end.  Stop occasionally and simply flex your hands and fingers.