Arms, Wrists, and Hands
1. Shoulder flexion: Shoulder injuries are becoming common in the workplace. Keep the angle you flex your shoulders below 30 degrees to prevent fatigue.
2. A call to arms: Let your arms hang straight down and close to the body, and set your elbows at a 90 degree angle minimum.
3. Keep wrists neutral: Your wrists will stay neutral if your arms are right. Your hand will be relaxed and rotated between 30 and 60 degrees, and your fingers will be at ease.
4. Get an ergonomic keyboard: A simple way to ensure a neutral wrist position is to get an ergonomic keyboard that is sloped in the middle. They can be had for $30 or less.
5. Don’t type angry: Pounding keyboard keys can cause fatigue and muscle wear, so tread lightly.
6. Ease off the elbows: Putting pressure on your elbows by leaning on them on a hard surface can damage your ulna nerve. Use padding or armrests for your elbows.
7. Ditch your armrests: Yes, armrests are fine for resting. But make sure you don’t type while resting your elbows on them because this too can harm the ulna nerve.
8. Ditch your wrist rest: Studies show that wrist rests increase your risk of carpal tunnel syndrome by doubling the pressure on the carpal tunnel. Remember: pressure equals pain.
9. Mouse correctly: Don’t ever mouse by moving your wrist. Instead, hold the mouse softly and pivot from the elbow.
10. Get an ergonomic mouse: Are you getting the picture that you need to update your gadgets to be ergo-friendly? The Trackman mouse by Logitech is a great choice because you never have to move your wrist to use it.
11. Mouse with both hands: Another option is to get a symmetrical mouse that allows you to mouse with either hand. It might take some getting used to, but it will give your dominant hand a much-needed rest.
12. Square up: If you’re going to be using a particular section of the keyboard, like the number section for a math class, position the keyboard so that that section is directly between you and the monitor.
While we’re looking at the best ergonomic tips to save our arms, wrists, and hands, it’s the perfect time to point out that even when you are not using a computer keyboard or mouse your hands still deserve the best ergonomic consideration. This means that whenever you do any writing, an ergonomically-designed pen is a necessary tool. The UGLee Pen supports the fingers and prevents undue stress and strain on hand tendons and ligaments, for a comfortable handwriting experience, whether it’s post-it notes, lot of class notes, or notes for the grocery store.
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