With the increase amount of time that each person spends on their computer, it is becoming increasingly common that many people are beginning to experience wrist pain, arm pain, back pain, and even developing carpal tunnel due to the amount of time spent on computers now. There are a few things you can do to prevent or treat the pain you experience with your increased online exposure to help reduce your wrist pain.
1. Use proper posture. When you slouch or hunch over the computer it not only causes back and neck pain, but it also contributes to the improper posture of your hands on the keyboard and thus increase the pinching of nerves in your wrist. This will increase your wrist pain and possibility develop carpal tunnel.
2. Take frequent breaks. When you spend hours upon hours constantly typing away or in the same position it will increase your wrist pain from being in the same position. When you take breaks away from the computer it gives your wrists a chance to regain blood flow and be used in different positions which help prevent nerves from being pinched.
3. Use wrist pressure relieving computer accessories. One of the best things you can do to help prevent or manage wrist pain that develops from increased computer usage is to ensure that you have proper support and cushion for your wrists. Using a wrist rest with a mouse helps to support the proper positioning of your wrist to prevent your nerves from pinching and causing pain. When you use a keyboard pad it also helps to support your wrists, relieves pressure and offers you a more comfortable computer experience.
Wrist and Mouse Support:
Recently I got to try out the new Fellowes Memory Foam Gliding Palm Support w/Mouse Pad to see how it would help manage wrist pain with my carpal tunnel. All I really expected was a padded surface to use next to my mouse to help keep my wrist from experiening the cramping feeling. I had no idea it had so many features.
It comes with it's own mouse pad. It's not one of those padded mouse pads, but simply a very thin smooth surface. It sits well on a desk surface and doesn't move around, but provides a very slick and smooth surface for easy movement for a mouse. Seeing as I use a trackball mouse that wasn't as detrimental for me, but I can see how it would be a great benefit for someone using a regular mouse that you have to move around.
The gliding palm support was what I really liked. The padded surface is very soft with a very smooth fabric that sits well on the skin. There isn't any access heat transfer and allows for a very comfortable rest. It also features a soft plastic support for the palm of your hand as it moves up towards the mouse. This also helps support your wrist and ensures for proper posture.
The pad also contains the ability to attach onto your mouse with a sticky strap, which ensures that the pad will flow with your wrist and stay next to the mouse as you use it. I love this feature, as with other wrist supports, they would always move around and were never where I needed them. But this wrist support actually is right where I need it, when I need it.
The wrist support is filled with a memory foam which provide ample support and comfort. It has definitely made a big improvement on my wrist pain from the carpal tunnel and offers a much more comfortable working environment.
Wrist and Keyboard Support:
Another option for helping prevent wrist pain is by using a keyboard support. One of the best I've experienced is the Fellowes Memory Foam Keyboard Palm Support. This keyboard support is also filled with memory foam and provides the same comfort options as the mouse wrist support, but for when you are using a keyboard!
The keyboard support offers a smooth surface, which provide ample comfort, but also offers a slick free underside. It isn't a "sticky" material that will leave a residue behind on your desk, but it still prevents any sliding of the keyboard support, so it will stay in place.
Each support section of the keyboard support are specifically positioned to be the perfect location for each wrist depending on what type of keyboard usage you are in need of. If you are typing regularly, there are two support sections located directly where each wrist would be thus providing optimal support for regular typing. If you have a job that requires you to use the number pad frequently, there is a third wrist support to help support your wrist here as well!
Most keyboard supports I've used in the past were merely one long "bump" of support that didn't contour to the shape of the wrist, didn't form well to the wrist and didn't offer the extra support for the wrist when using the number pad. Most supports wouldn't go the entire length of the keyboard. I love that third wrist support near the number pad as I frequently use that section of the keyboard when it comes to budgets and such.
The only downside is that it is too large to fit at my laptop's desk. It definitely isn't the perfect fit for a laptop user. But it is the perfect fit for anyone that uses a regular desk and a regular keyboard. I've added it to the husband's computer desk as he spends countless hours doing homework on this computer and could use all the comfort he can get while working so hard. He's been wanting one of these for quite a while now to help him not be so sore after spending hours on homework. I can't wait to see his face when he comes home tonight to find it already set up for him.
You don't have to suffer from wrist pain if you find you spend long hours on the computer. If you remember to limit your time online, take frequent breaks, use proper posture and use quality wrist supports; you will find your wrist pain diminish to a minimal level if not vanish all together.
Do you have to spend long hours on the computer?
What do you do to minimize your wrist pain?