Ergonomics Carpal Tunnel Symptoms and Syndrome

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Ergonomics Carpal Tunnel Symptoms and Syndrome. Read about recommended products to prevent Carpel Tunnel.

understanding Ergonomics to prevent Carpal Tunnel is becoming the need of amongst the office worker as more and more people are reported to have been complaining of experiencing sore wrists and aching shoulders.

If you only have 2 minutes to read this, just remember this

That means practicing good ergonomics for carpal tunnel prevention means, when typing,

DO NOT bend your wrists from side to side or up and down.

and keep your wrists aligned with your forearm in a straight line.

How To Know If You Have Carpal Tunnel Symptoms

  • Are you experiencing numbness, burning sensations or tingling in your thumb and fingers? (mainly the middle finger and the index finger).
  • pain in your hands and wrists as well as shoulders and arms.
  • swollen hands especially at night.
  • unable to grip on to something or having difficulty?

Ergonomics Carpal Tunnel symptoms can vary from mild to very severe where an operation is probably needed.

Consequences of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is Irreversible.

After carpal tunnel surgery
After Carpal Tunnel Surgery

As a treatment, medicine like cortisone is given along with taking certain corrective actions like wearing a wrist brace which helps in protecting the tendons from rubbing. Sometimes surgery is also performed if the problem is very severe.

Causes of Carpal Tunnel?

Ergonomics Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused when the median nerve of the carpal tunnel gets compressed due to some pressure.

On one side of the carpal tunnel is bone and on the other side is the inflexible ligament, so when there is pressure the nerve gets pressed in between and then hurts and in some cases ceases to function properly.

Your wrists are made to function in a straight line with minimal deviations and tolerance.

When we repetitively move our hands in an angled position, the tendons in our hands rub and get swelled up. This causes our wrists to be bent, which is the wrong hand posture.

They are not supposed to be working in that typing position, so the tendons swell and put pressure on the median nerve which in turn gets damaged due to this pressure. Result is the numbness and tingling and ultimately the inability to do any task.

See also Typing Ergonomics to understand more.

Preventing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

To prevent Carpal Tunnel, ergonomics should be practiced in the following way:

Your wrists should be like an extension of your arm and elbow. If you place a straight ruller on your forearm, it should be able to stay in the center of your arm all way to your fingertips.

When working, imagine the center ruler being on your arm, wrists and the back of your hand always. The back of your hands should always been "feeling" the ruler. It should not have any gap.

That means practicing good ergonomics for carpal tunnel prevention means, when typing,

DO NOT bend your wrists from side to side or up and down.

and keep your wrists aligned with your forearm in a straight line.

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Keep your forearms in a parallel position with the floor. Your wrists should be in a neutral position.

Hang your arms naturally from the shoulders. Keep both your feet on the floor (or on a footstool if your knees aren't making a right angle).

It is advisable to practice proper posture at a computer.


computer ergonomic keyboard

See how the wrists are bent at an angle? To keep them in neutral position is to keep your wrists in a straight line when typing.

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Ergonomics Carpal Tunnel Prevention Products

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IMAK SmartGlovecarpal tunnel ergonomics

Ergonomics and understanding its principles can help you reduce more than half your risk with the Carpal Tunnel syndrome, however there are also available products in the market designed to ease the carpal tunnel problems and provides relief of sore wrists.

Computer Gloves

Ergonomic computer glove helps in relieving as well as preventing the wrist pain caused due to the carpal tunnel syndrome. This glove helps in the proper positioning of hand and wrist.

The computer glove increases the circulation in the hand. It provides comfort to the wrist by cushioning the underside of the wrist and ensuring the ergonomically correct position of the wrist.

Wrists Wrap

The wrist wrap securely fits around the wrist giving it much needed support and protection from wear and tear through daily activities. A wrist wrap is effective for all kinds of wrist pains including the sprains and strains.

Ergonomics Carpel Tunnel Caution in Using Wrists Rests, Wrists Cushion or Ergonomic Mouse Pad

Using a wrist cushion for keyboard is good for carpal tunnel ergonomics. It supports the wrist and forearm and reduces the stress being put on your hands, arms and wrists. IMAK's wrist cushions are filled with ergoBeads which help in massaging your wrists.

You can also use wrist cushions for the mouse. It will provide you comfort while using the mouse and will reduce the stress put on the wrists and forearm. Moreover it will also massage the wrists.

Warning: Do not rest your wrist on the wrist cushion while typing.

Related to Ergonomics Carpal Tunnel - See also The Case of The Ergonomic Mouse-pad (with wrist rest) which shows you how using an ergonomic mouse-pad can be very harmful to your wrists when used inappropriately.

Of course, to prevent carpal tunnel, ergonomics need to be applied in every way. Practice good habits such as not over stretching, taking breaks, sitting properly with good posture helps with your overall health.

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