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Healthy Computing Tip 428: Tape them

Do your wrists begin to hurt when you type at the keyboard or mouse because you rest your palms on a wrist rest or on the keyboard tray? Do you rest the palm of your mousing hand on the table when you mouse or read email? Although we know that it is best to maintain a neutral wrist (the top of the hand is in the same plane as the top of the forearm) when working at the keyboard we often get caught up in our work and bend our wrists.  When we do this, our wrists take most of the workload of typing and mousing. Avoid this un-neutral pitfall and save your wrists when you tape them.

How to Tape Them:

Cut a piece of scotch tape about 6 inches long.  Starting in the middle of the back side of your left hand, place the tape so that it runs across your wrist and onto your forearm.  Keep your left wrist neutral as you do this.

Place a similar strip of tape on your right hand, wrist and forearm while maintaining a neutral wrist position.

Begin typing.  If you dip your palms or bend your wrists, the tape will pull on your skin to remind you to return to neutral.

Each time you feel the pull take a micro-break.

The Institute for Holistic Healing Studies and Human Resources sponsor the distribution of Healthy Computing Email Tips. Copyright 2009 Erik Peper, Ph.D. and Katherine Hughes Gibney. Permission to copy and distribute Healthy Computing Email Tips for personal use is granted. Distribution or copying of Healthy Computing Email Tips for commercial purposes is prohibited without prior written consent of the copyright holders.
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