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What is the best way to deal with carpal tunnel syndrome and working with a computer?

By June 27, 2014 - 3:55pm
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I sit at my computer for many hours a day and started getting carpal tunnel syndrome. The tops of my hands hurt at the end of the day. What can I do to minimize it. Are there healthier alternatives to the computer mouse for moving my cursor.

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Hi John

Thanks for your question! 

Carpel Tunnel Syndrome has been a big issue for workers since the Industrial Revolution and especially since the assembly line was introduced. 

Now that so many of us use computers for work, it's getting worse. 

Using a ergonomic keyboard can help, there is less stress on your hands and wrists. You can purchase one at any computer store - they take a little time to get used to  (your hands come in from the sides to the keyboard, rather than the top front) but they really can help take the stress away. 

Also, take breaks from typing.

A bad mouse can also exacerbate the problem. The best kind of mouse for carpel tunnel is again, an ergonomic mouse that fits well into your hand (try some out at a store) and one that glides very easily. 

Try to check yourself out one day to see how your grip is as you click and slide a mouse - you may be putting far too much pressure on the mouse - it needs a very light touch. Give yourself a lot of space at your desk and give your arm a good reach - this stops you from tightening your arms and wrists. 

A good choice is an ergonomic mouse that kind of feels like an old-fashioned video game handle with a handle and base. They are really easy to use. Again - they take a little time to get used to but are a good choice in the end. 

When you are chatting or in meetings, take your hand off your keyboard and mouse - we don't realize how attached we are to them until we catch ourselves holding on to them even when not using them! 

For more information on this syndrome, read more on our Carpel Tunnel Page here: 


Does this help you, John?



June 30, 2014 - 10:44am
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