Re: Occupational hazard - carpal tunnel

Subject: Re: Occupational hazard - carpal tunnel
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 12 Mar 2002 10:09:53 -0800

Annamarie Pluhar wrote:

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.

A few thoughts. Some you've probably already thought of:

- Are the keyboard and mouse positioned properly for you?

- You say that the mouse seems to be the problem, but the wrist rest isn't such a good idea, either. A trained typist's hands are suspended over the keyboard something like a pianist's, so a wrist rest shouldn't be needed.

- The best exercises I've found for avoiding carpal tunnel are pushups and repetitions using light weights. I found that doing them at least three days a week for a couple of months did away with even the occasional twinge.

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