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Carpal Tunnel Ergonomics

The exploration of ways to help humans adapt to machines or an environment in such a way that won't be stressful is known as workplace ergonomics.

Many people have the notion that workplace ergonomics is only something to do with computers. Not exactly. Computers aren't the sole focus. Ergonomics also explores the many different causes of pain related to the workplace environment.

The basic concepts behind carpal tunnel ergonomics are discussed here to give people a better idea of how they can be applied. They have been designed to boost energy levels and reduce the effects of the twinge and throb.

Just to be clear, the carpal tunnel is found in both the palm and wrist where the forearm and hand's tendons and nerves pass. If this area becomes aggravated, it will begin to swell, applying pressure to the nerves, and causing pain. The majority of people suffer this kind of pain when they've slept a night in an awkward position or with bent wrists. It's even sometimes enough to wake people up in mid-slumber because they feel the tingling sensation of pins and needles. Once they wake up, a lot of people simply ignore the pain, setting themselves up for permanent damage to their nerves.

If you want to avoid the increased pain that can result, take a look at these tips. They are simple hints that take into account carpal tunnel ergonomics. They'll be a big help in improving your comfort level while working.

* Gel pads are available almost anywhere. Get these for the mouse and keyboard you're using constantly at the office.

* Make sure you wrap padding around all vibrating tools. You can find it at most hardware stores for a few dollars.

* Position your chair in such a way that your wrists are extended over the keyboard straight. With the wrong posture, you can start to develop carpal tunnel syndrome eventually.

* It doesn't matter if you're trying to make a tight deadline: take breaks. If you're so rushed that you can't remember to do so, get a software program that will remind you with a pop-up on your screen. .

* You can use wrist braces to make sure your wrists stay straight and avoid bending or flexing. The effectiveness of splints and supports has been proven. You can get them at medical supply houses without a prescription from a doctor.

* Once in awhile, do a few wrist exercises like curls and limbering. You can also tie a towel around a gallon of water, turn it over, and hold it tightly. It's a good option if you don't own any dumbbells.

There's also an area of carpal tunnel ergonomics that tries to figure out how to alleviate shoulder pain. Sometimes the ache from carpal tunnel syndrome can reach up to the upper back and arms.

Now, try this exercise: stretch out your arms straight with your thumbs down. Start leaning forward a little and lift your pinkies up high and far back. Keep this position for a count of five, and relax several times.


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