The reality of today’s world is that our lives pretty much revolve around the use of computers and smart phones. In fact, a Nielsen Company audience report released last year reveals that adults in the United States devoted about 10 hours and 39 minutes each day to consuming media during the first quarter of 2016. So, what does this mean for our health? It certainly means an increased chance of developing carpal tunnel syndrome. Along with pregnancy and various illnesses such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis, making the same hand or wrist movements over and over, especially if the wrist is bent down, is a leading cause of carpal tunnel.
It can be difficult to avoid the use of these devices, especially if your job requires you to spend most of your day on the computer. We decided to put together a few tips for preventing or easing the pain of carpal tunnel.
Relax your grip –
If you consistently spend a lot of time writing, try using a pen with an oversized, soft grip to help loosen your grip on your pen.
Take frequent breaks –
Take time to gently stretch your wrists throughout the day and alternate tasks requiring different movements when possible.
Watch your form –
Incorrect posture or wrist placement can be damaging. Avoid bending your wrists all the way up or down, a relaxed middle position with your keyboard at elbow height or slightly lower is best. Avoid rolling your shoulders forward.
Keep Your Hands Warm –
Consistently working in a chilly room can lead to stiffness in the hands, which can lead to soreness. Do whatever you can to keep your hands warm, even if it means bringing some fingerless gloves into the office.
Take Up Yoga –
Anything that builds strength or promotes flexibility is great for your physical health in general, yoga is a great option because it is low impact and can help relieve pain and keep your wrists flexible.