Many of us use our hands more often than we realize. If you work in an office, you most likely rely on them to get the job done. Most of that work probably centers around typing. This puts huge strains on our wrists and can potentially lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. Luckily, there are few steps you can take to potentially help prevent carpal tunnel.
Check Your Positioning
The first thing you should do to help your hands is ensure your workspace is as comfortable as possible. Make sure your chair is ergonomically correct at the proper height. Positioning it too high or too low can put strain wrists while typing. The same goes for how you position your keyboard. If possible, elevate or lower your keyboard so that your wrists are in a straight line with your arms.
You should also try to keep your elbows pulled in so that they’re need the sides of your body. When we fan out, it cause us to bend our wrists inward, adding strain. This also helps keep your wrists in line with your forearms. If you’re having trouble keeping your wrists straight and level while typing, consider getting a wrist splint to help train your positioning.
Even if you’re “in the zone” at work, it’s important to take regular breaks. It’s recommended that you take a 10 minute break from typing every hour. This gives your wrists a chance to rest and not get stiff. While it can be hard to step away, try planning your daily activities with these breaks in mind.
In addition to helping your wrists, stepping away from your desk for a little helps you give your back and eyes a break, too. It might be hard to get used to, but making time in your schedule could really help prevent carpal tunnel in the long run. Another way you could occupy your time during these breaks is through exercises and stretches.
Exercise Your Wrists
You can potentially avoid carpal tunnel syndrome by doing regular wrist exercises. These aren’t difficult and can be done anywhere. Ball your fists and bend your wrists up and down. You don’t have to go very hard, but flexing your wrists keeps them limber and less likely to strain.
You can also use tools like an stress ball or very light dumbells to help strengthen your wrists and keep them working pain-free throughout the day.
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