Tips for Ergonomic Typing

When using a computer all day it is easy to strain the muscles in our arms and hands. Most of the pain that results could have been avoided if we just used better posture and healthier typing habits. These ergonomic tips can help prevent further discomfort and improve your productivity.

Adjust your keyboard. The best place for your keyboard is about an inch or two off your lap, sloping slightly away from your body. A keyboard tray can provide for a fast, easy adjustment to fit any user.

Sit up straight! Good posture is vital to preventing pain and muscle strain. For best support, rest your feet firmly on the ground, and add additional lumbar support for your lower back. Upgrading to an ergonomic chair can significantly improve your comfort and posture.

Keep your wrists straight and flat. Never bend your wrists to the sides or pull your hands upward while typing. Instead, there should be a straight line from your elbow, through your arms and hands, down to your middle finger. Also, your arms and wrists should always be level with one another, running almost parallel to your lap.

Type lightly. Never pound on your keyboard. The goal is to use the least amount of muscle work possible to reduce the strain in your hands and arms.

Upgrade your keyboard.  Ergonomic keyboards are specifically designed to help you maintain good hand posture while typing. There are a variety of shapes and sizes available. Be sure to try several different keyboards to find the one that feels comfortable and fits your hands nicely.

You can improve your productivity and reduce strain by making small changes in your posture and typing habits. Find a good ergonomic keyboard that supports hands and encourages good posture. And upgrade to a well-fitting, ergonomic chair to restore good posture. These changes can help protect you from future pain or injury.

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