March 2, 2011
Health Tip: Help Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Take frequent breaks from the computer
(HealthDay News) -- Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs from repetitive use of the wrists, including activities such as typing on a computer keyboard.
The University of Maryland Medical Center offers these suggestions for computer users:
- Take short breaks from the keyboard throughout the day to stretch and shake out the arms and wrists.
- When using the computer, practice good posture.
- Make sure your chair offers good support and can be adjusted for your height.
- Consider using voice recognition software to cut down on typing.
- Consider adding a pad to help cushion your wrists.
- Use a light touch while typing and using a mouse.
- Perform hand and wrist exercises to stretch and strengthen the muscles.