RE: Occupational hazard - carpal tunnel

Subject: RE: Occupational hazard - carpal tunnel
From: "Lisa Wright" <liwright -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 12 Mar 2002 07:24:29 -0800

Annamarie,
I have chronic tendonitis, not cp, but you may find two things useful
nonetheless.

1. If you can't go the voice recognition route (does that work when
producing graphics and such? just curious) then start mousing with your
non-dominant hand. I've moused lefty for years. You get the additional
fun of confounding the techies who come to work on your computer. "The
buttons are backwards." It's a good test of the flexibility of someone's
brain to see how quickly they adapt.

2. CarolAnne is right on with the PT. Go to one and find out the best
exercises for you. It makes a world of difference.

And you go with the yoga! If you're going to an instructor, make sure
it's one who understands you may have specific limitations and may need
to modify certain postures. Depending on how my wrists feel, I rest on
my elbows or knuckles instead.

Good luck!

Lisa

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[mailto:bounce-techwr-l-53104 -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com] On Behalf Of Annamarie
Pluhar
Sent: Tuesday, March 12, 2002 5:28 AM
To: TECHWR-L
Subject: Occupational hazard - carpal tunnel


Hi all,

Since I'm beginning to exhibit early symptoms of carpal tunnel, I
thought I'd ask for personal experience with forestalling the
syndrome.

I'm pretty sure the culprit is the mousing I do with my PC laptop.
My Mac has a lowered keyboard and a wrist rest. The PC has an MS
ergonomic keyboard. It's the mouse that gave me my first sharp pains.
I've changed the mouse to one with a lower profile and dropped it
onto the lowered shelf where my Mac stuff is. I can use the track pad
on the PC laptop and get more vigilant about learning and using
keyboard commands. I now know that one should take a break every 20
minutes or so. I've been shown some stretches to do. I plan to be a
good girl and do my yoga daily.

Any additional suggestions?

Thanks for your help.
Annamarie


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