Julia Smith of Peak Communicators has posted a discussion on some more good ways to prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) which I’d like to pass along. These are especially good tips because they are practical and easy.
CTS can be the result of poor posture, repetitive movements and actions, and spending long periods of time in the same position. Do these sound familiar to you? Do you spend much of your workday, whether away or at home, just like these?
“Unfortunately, we see a lot of cases (of CTS) that could have been prevented if simple ergonomics had been considered in the work-place,” says Richard Brownlee, neurosurgeon and director of the Welcome Back Center in Kamloops, B.C., as reported by Smith.
Julia Smith offers these tips to help avoid an occurrence of CTS.
- Set up an ergonomic workstation (see photo). Ergonomics is all about posture. No matter the activity, you should always think about the proper way to sit, stand, or walk, and always remember to make adjustments to avoid damaging postures like slouching, reaching, bending, or twisting.
- Take regular breaks from working at your computer – a few minutes at least once an hour.
- Alternate work tasks like mixing computer tasks with non computer tasks to avoid prolonged strain.
- Stretch throughout the day.
- Use comfort equipment such as footrests, wrist/palm rests and document holders.
- Keep the mouse and keyboard at the same level.
- Avoid gripping your mouse too tightly – it is always recommended to hold the mouse lightly and click gently.
- Familiarize yourself with keyboard shortcuts for applications you regularly use like Ctrl+S to save and Ctrl+P to print (to avoid overusing the mouse).
To prevent further stress and strain on a hand that might be already heading toward CTS, be sure to use the UGLee Pen when you write. It’s ergonomic design and comfort grip allows the hand to remain relaxed during the writing process, alleviating further damage to the hand’s median nerve.
(Photo credit – picslaw.co.cc)