Updated 12 April 2013

Keep computer hands healthy

If you spend your day behind a computer keyboard, you're at risk of developing a hand-numbing condition called carpal tunnel syndrome.

If you spend your day behind a computer keyboard, you're at risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome. This hand-numbing condition usually results from swelling in the wrist caused by repetitive hand motion.

Take action:

Take breaks and exercise your hands and wrists every hour; switch hands and change positions often; make sure you work in a “wrist neutral" position (wrist joint straight, not bent up or down) – several types of aids are available to achieve this, including a cushioned wrist rest, a keyboard tray that adjusts to a position below the work surface, and new, ergonomic keyboards; and use the correct body posture.

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