Typing for long hours poses a serious threat to your wrists. Let’s examine seven ways to avoid wrist injuries while typing.
Keep Your Wrist Muscles Relaxed
Good circulation is the one of the best ways to prevent wrist injury. The best way to experience optimal circulation is to relax your wrists while you type. It may be difficult at first, but the more you practice, the better you’ll get.
Keep Your Forearms Relaxed
If you relax your wrists, your natural inclination will be to contract the muscles of your forearms. Instead, keep your forearms relaxed to keep circulation running to your wrists and the tips of your fingers.
Keep Your Wrists Even with Your Forearms
This is one of the best ways to keep arterial circulation up. On the other hand, it’s almost impossible to type without inhibiting it in some way. The following four suggestions will help you achieve this ideal.
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Use Wrist Guards
Use wrist guards to keep your wrists and forearms straight. Most wrist guards isolate the thumb. Since we don’t use our thumbs to type, there is no need to worry about a lack of productivity.
Don’t Bend Your Wrists Upwards
Position your laptop on a table or bench at a height conducive to keeping your wrists and forearms level. Avoid slouching. When we slouch, we drop our shoulders, forcing us to compensate by cocking our wrists upwards.
Use an Adjustable Chair
Adjust the height of the seat to position wherein you can rest your forearms comfortably on a table no more than their own length beneath your shoulders. This will allow you to rest your forearms and wrists on the table, which promotes comfort, relaxation of the wrists and forearms, and better circulation.
Learn to Type Correctly
Many of us took shortcuts when we learned to type. Typing correctly reduces the need to move our wrists from one side of the keyboard to the next. Additionally, learning to type correctly will promote faster typing. This amounts to less time in front of the computer and more time doing pushups.
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