I don’t believe I had full blown Carpal Tunnel…but I was certainly on that road. I would be taking Ibuprofen on a regular basis and even stopped work early sometimes when the pain got too much. So, by necessity, I had to investigate solutions.
Here’s how I reduced my Carpal Tunnel Symptoms to zero:
1) A mouse pad with a wrist rest. Nothing earth-shattering about this piece of advice…however, I’m amazed at people who spend all day at the computer and don’t have this. I’ve always used a wrist rest…but I upgraded mine to a more comfortable “gel” model.
2) The Evoluent Mouse. I paid $65 for mine and that was money extremely well spent. When using the Evoluent Mouse, instead of placing your hand palm down, like with a conventional mouse, the Evoluent forces you to adapt a modified handshake grip. It might look unusual, but it is extremely easy to get used to. I fully acknowledge that there is nothing magical about recommending a product that many others know about.
3) Find a digital watch with the biggest possible watch face and a VELCRO BAND (essential). Wear the watch face down on your mouse hand with the Velcro band tight around your wrist.
I had recently bought a new digital watch and, for the first time ever, I had chosen a Velcro band since I’d been having bad luck with torn plastic bands. Having one of those Jerry Maguire moments that I occasionally get while doing SEM, I decided to wear my watch a little bit differently one day to see if my carpal tunnel symptoms could be alleviated.
The first day I tried this, my wrist felt a little sore at the end of the day. From the second day forward, I had no wrist pain whatsoever.
If you tried my method without using the Evoluent mouse, you might have circulation issues with your hand because your wrist would be resting directly on your face of your watch which is jammed directly into the wrist rest. However, the handshake-like grip of the Evoluent allows the side of your wrist to be kept in contact with the wrist support. Simultaneously, the side of the watch face is pushed into the wrist support, causing solid upward pressure on the underside of your wrist but not so much upward pressure as to negatively effect hand circulation.
Anyway, I encourage folks to try my method out and I hope it works as well for you as it has for me.
Todd Mintz is the Director of Internet Marketing & Information Systems for S. R. Clarke Inc. , a Real Estate Development and Residential / Commercial Construction Executive Search / Recruiting Firm headquartered in Fairfax, VA with offices nationwide. He is also a Director & Founding Member of SEMpdx: Portland, Oregon's Search Engine Marketing Association .