Jul 23, 2009

Heal Carpal Tunnel Syndrome with Ergonomics

Do you type on a laptop? Well, don't. Laptop keyboards are typically small and flat, which forces you to arch your hands and put undue strain on your wrists. Looking down at the screen also puts a strain on your neck, which can lead to compression of the carpal tunnel.

If you have wrist pain or want to avoid getting it, make sure your work station corresponds to basic ergonomic guidelines. That means that your forearms are parallel to the floor when you type, your back is strait, and your chin is up, like so:

If your desk is too high you will arch your wrists, which is also no good. This is the mistake most people make at work, since desks are at a comfortable height for writing, but not typing.

So what should you do if you use a lap top? Get a second keyboard! I recommend the
Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Desktop 7000.

This is what I use, and it's by far the most popular ergonomic keyboard out there. It's called a split keyboard, because it's split in the middle with each side sloping downwards. This takes a little getting used to, but in the end it's a much more natural position for your wrists. Once I started using it I was able to type at least five times as much without pain. It's very, very worth it. Read more about it here.

You can also buy a fancy computer stand to elevate your laptop so that the screen is directly at eye level. Or you can use a good old fashioned stack of phone books, which are free. Keep it ergo, keep it safe.


  1. I didn't realize the height of the desk played a part in carpal tunnel problems as well. I knew that posture and holding your hands and wrists in the right position helped prevent it, but I'm going to have to try this and see. I'm at a desk all day, every day, it seems like, so I always have that risk of getting carpal tunnel problems in everything I do. http://www.kleisertherapy.com/carpal-tunnel-syndrome/

  2. Yes height plays important role while working on computer, many time high height creates problem.

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