Ergonomics is applied science, studying the design of equipment for work – to reduce fatigue, max productivity, and minimize discomfort
I work in front of a computer 8+ hours a day. If you’re doing the same, then you should already know how important it is to maintain a healthy posture and position. Taking regular breaks is also vital.
One of the worries of typing all day everyday is developing carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). CTS is that burning or numbing sensations in your wrist, thumb, and fingers. While we’re typing in front of a computer, you’re constantly putting pressure on the nerves in your hands by the way your arm is positions and the act of typing. The best measure you can take to fight against CTS is through preventative means.
Whenever you’re typing or preparing to type, make sure you follow these steps to avoid getting CTS:
- Maintain a leveled posture between your wrist, forearm, and elbow relative to keyboard
- Don’t put the base of your palm down on the keyboard/table while you’re typing
- Wear a wrist splinter to maintain a straight wrist posture
- Sit with a proper posture – no slouching, sit up nice and tall
- Take frequent breaks – 15 minutes for every 45 of typing should be a must. If you have to, set a timer for yourself
- Buy a mouse that fits your hand size
- Use a foam roller and roll your wrist and forearm
- Gentle massages to the hand, wrist, and forearm
- Use wrist exercises to loosen and stretch your wrist (see video below)
- Talk to your doctor if pain persists