Typing? Keyboarding? Really? This CAN be a source of pain. Indeed it most certainly can. AND the pain, tingling, and numbness can affect your every waking hour because you are still working, right? It is an unrelenting pain that makes it difficult to go to sleep and if you are able to go to sleep often interferes with getting a good night's rest because the pain wakes you up.

I hope you are seeing in this page that as we work in our lessons and write, write, and write more content for our blogs, that we need to be proactive and control the conditions that result in this kind of injury. To not do so, to just tolerate the pain will only make it worse and could mean surgery so that the unrelenting pain will subside. I don't want this for you and I'm sure you don't want it for yourself either.

The good news is that it is not difficult to correct our working environment with just a few adjustments to how you use your keyboard.

  • Do NOT use the little lever feet to raise the keyboard. They will cause your wrist to not have a straight and level position to the keys.
  • Keep your wrist straight; no angling up from the hand, bending at the wrist up to the forearm
  • Do not rest your arms, elbows, or wrists onto hard surfaces of the desk, table, computer stand or chair
  • Have your chair adjusted so you aren't raising your shoulders to lift your arms to reach the keyboard surface
  • Purchase gel supports that you can rest your hand or wrist on while you are typing
  • No reaching for the keyboard or the mouse, keep them close so that you can accomplish 90 degree angles when positioning yourself at the desk

Here is a report from the National Institute of Health (NIH) regarding several aspects of carpal tunnel syndrome. One of the salient points it makes is that we should take time away from the key board, taking a typing break, do stretch exercises, wear a wrist splint and use correct posture and wrist position. http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/carpal_tunnel/detail_carpal_tunnel.htm


This same report also stated that:

... studies show that vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) supplements may ease the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Exercise - Stretching and strengthening exercises can be helpful in people whose symptoms have abated. These exercises may be supervised by a physical therapist, who is trained to use exercises to treat physical impairments, or an occupational therapist, who is trained in evaluating people with physical impairments and helping them build skills to improve their health and well-being. Alternative therapies - Acupuncture and chiropractic care have benefited some patients but their effectiveness remains unproved. An exception is yoga, which has been shown to reduce pain and improve grip strength among patients with carpal tunnel syndrome.



Remember that what you are trying to avoid or correct is the pressure on the median nerve. The yellow you see in this illustration is showing where the pain will be felt if this nerve is affected. The longer the nerve is compressed from the inflammation in the carpal tunnel from allot of typing, the greater the possibility for permanent nerve damage. We want to avoid this outcome, right?



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kennnyb Premium
Thank you Linda. Great training. much appreciated. I do have a bad back at present but not due to the ergonomics.
Ken
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lindasea Premium
Thanks for the feedback, Kenny. I expect that its even more important for you to have a good work space where you write and study so as not to complicate an already injured back.

I appreciate you dropping in.

Linda
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kennnyb Premium
For sure Linda. VERY IMPORTANT.
Ken
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Dgegegegwg Premium
Great training! Back in my cubicle days I had my workstation set up perfectly. Not as easy to do with a small laptop and tablet working on a boat or whatever random location I can get wifi.
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lindasea Premium
Oh yeah... I so get this. Working on a boat or whatever random location and on a laptop or tablet is going to be a VERY big challenge.

Taking a break to look out over the water and to get up and stretch and massage those hands and wrists will help. Let me know how you are doing. The idea is to reduce the tendons from creating inflammation in the carpal tunnel by the constant movement. Give your hands a break now and again is going to help.

Linda
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Dgegegegwg Premium
Working less hours than most people helps. As ambitious and nice as some other people's goals sound...I wouldn't mind $100k/year, but I don't even need half that to support being a pirate. Freedom and location independence are both worth much more than money. Doing as much as I can on my tablet helps too, because it's much easier to work in a more comfortable position with less strain.
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networkphili Premium
great teaching, tannk you so much Lindasea
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lindasea Premium
You are oh so welcome. I hope it will help as you continue your efforts here and in your business.
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JewelCarol Premium
Great training, thank you very much, my dear Linda. :)
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lindasea Premium
I am very glad that you found some value in this training. Thank you ever so much for dropping in to check it out.
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Loes Premium
Thanks Linda, I straitend my back, suffled right up in my chair, looked at the top of my screen, and placed my feet firmly on the floor:)
Good reminder! LIKE!
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lindasea Premium
Very cool that you found a couple of reminders. As we grow our businesses and become even more successful, having a good foundation for protecting our health is also good business acumen.

See me smiling. "-) Linda
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