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Ergonomic - How to Avoid Typing Injuries


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Because people are using computers more and more in the last several years, doctors are seeing more and more people who are coming into their offices with typing injuries. There are a number of injuries that can occur. Some of the most common as well as some of the remedies for them are listed here:

  • Carpal tunnel - Even though carpal tunnel syndrome existed many years ago, it is certainly much more prevalent now than it ever was before. Carpal tunnel is often a result of a person sitting for hours at a time typing on a computer or clicking on a mouse. Previously this was an injury that was limited much more to secretaries or seamstresses, but thanks to the computer age in which we now live, basically all kinds of people can (and do) come across carpal tunnel syndrome.

    This is not something, however, that is unfixable. The fact is that as the number grows of people who have carpal tunnel problems, so does the number of people who are researching new methods and medicines that they can use to treat the problem. One of the key aspects for being treated for carpal tunnel syndrome is the rehabilitation period. There are many people who need to take some significant time away from the computer in order to give themselves a chance to overcome the problems they are having treated.

    This unleashes a whole new problem. It is a fact that for business or for recreation, most people use computers every day. However, those who are trying to overcome carpal tunnel are unable to do the same until they have been medically cleared by their doctors to take place in this activity.

  • People who are already suffering from arthritis and attempt to work on computers often find that this is a difficult thing to do. Although many people with arthritis can use computers for brief stints at a time, when people attempt to type for hours a day despite their arthritis, they are definitely more prone to aggravate the arthritis and see it flare up on them at an inopportune time.

  • Another of the major typing injuries that comes from people sitting for too long at a computer are back problems. Back problems come as a result of a few different things. For example, if you sit in the proper position all day long at your computer, chances are that your back is going to tire of being in the same position for so long. Likewise, if you sit improperly with a poor posture, your back may not be able to handle that very well either. It is truly a Catch-22. However, this does not mean that just because you sit behind a computer at work that you are doomed to have a bad back.

    One of the things that can help you when sitting at a computer is an ergonomic computer chair. These chairs are designed to improve posture, but also help you to be relaxed and comfortable. This can sometimes be a hard thing to do in many computer chairs, but ergonomic chairs seem to do a good job about promoting comfort.

    Another thing that you can (and should) do, is take small breaks throughout the day in order to get a chance to stretch your legs and your back. The breaks do not need to be long, but it is important to make sure that your back is not settling into one poor posture with no breaks for hours a day. You may want to stand for a couple of minutes and do a couple of toe touches just to make sure that your back is being stretched well enough.

    Ergonomics - the study of human engineering, offers many fascinating insights to using ergonomically designed equipment and postures to prevent injuries in the first place. These days you can get an ergonomic keyboard, mouse, wrist rest, desk, and chair - all at the correct heights for your height and designed to keep you typing at a feverish pace without succumbing to injury.

    Moderation is a key term to remember when typing and working behind a desk. The human body is not made to stay in any singular position for too long at a time. Although typing injuries can be temporarily debilitating, you can overcome these injuries by seeking professional help and following their counsel.

    Anne Clarke writes numerous articles for Web sites on gardening, parenting, fashion, and home decor. Her background also includes teaching, gardening, and a variety of outdoor recreation and sports. For more of her useful articles on typing injuries and ergonomics, visit TIFAQ Homepage .

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