How to Make Your Computer Workstation Carpal Tunnel Friendly

April 8, 2010 by  
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As you know, carpal tunnel syndrome affects and is most prevalent with people who spend a good portion of their day sitting in front of their computer using a mouse and keyboard.

There are some simple steps you can take immediately to help make your computer workstation area more ergonomic and “carpal tunnel friendly“.

First, the chair you sit in. Make sure the seat cushion is not too soft. A good test is to push your finger down into the seat cushion, if it touches the frame of your seat, then it’s too soft.

Your chair should have a separate height adjustment, lumbar support and tilt or angle adjustments. You get bonus points for height adjusted arm rests.

The back cushion of your seat should also be short enough that your back is fully pressed against the back cushion when seated normally.  If not, your butt will be angled resulting in poor posture and put you at risk for lower back pain.

Hint: I highly recommend you try using a swiss or exercise ball as a chair. It promotes correct posture and gives you a good core workout at the same time!

Next, let’s take a look at your computer monitor and how it can affect carpal tunnel. When positioned at the correct height, it will help promote a perfect posture and also take the strain off your neck, head and back muscles.

The correct height for a computer monitor is such that when seated in a perfect upright posture, the center of your computer monitor should be at eye level, directly in front of you and NOT off to the side.

The screen should also be at a distance of 18-30 inches away from your eyes.

Your keyboard height should be such that your elbows are in close to your body to avoid reaching with your arms hanging down by your side freely.  Ensure that your elbows lie vertically below your shoulders!

Now, go and put all these steps into action and you’re well on your way to having a user and carpal tunnel friendly workstation.

Hey, maybe you could even make money from your co-workers by making their workstations more carpal tunnel friendly.

If your boss asks what you’re doing, just say you’re saving the company money from potential sick leave and insurance claims.

The most important thing to remember is that carpal tunnel is curable and when diagnosed on time, the time taken to recover is less.   The worse thing you can do, is to ignore the pain, and hope it will somehow magically get better over time!

Even if you are now only experiencing a slight tingle in your wrists or hands from time to time…you are in the early stages of carpal tunnel and it will get worse!

…if you are serious about curing your carpal tunnel syndrome, eliminating your wrist and hand pain and want to learn a step-by-step, instructional approach with “Video tutorials” from the comfort of your own home…

Learn more about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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6 Responses to “How to Make Your Computer Workstation Carpal Tunnel Friendly”

  1. Dianne Engen on February 20th, 2011 10:22 pm

    Thank you for your information website….I didn’t know that the special accommodations that the doctors recommend( braces and anti-inflammatories were not a good thing to do. I refuse to have the surgery and I am tired of taking things that don’t help Investing money in braces is a problem because I don’t have the extra money to spend. I started doing the exercises this past week after seeing your video on them and how to do them and already it has made a difference in how often my fingers get tingly. Thank you so much for all your gracious help, it is very much appreciated.

    I also told my neighbor about the exercises and he stated that he would try them. He has had the surgery and it was not successful…I will ask him in a few days if he has been doing the exercises and see what the results are.

  2. Frank Mata on May 12th, 2011 11:54 pm

    im a mechanic agriculture who;e body but hands major only at times now just rt hgand numb east indian neaded from neck to hands & like a miracle ??

  3. kumar on June 20th, 2011 10:06 pm

    Really it is nice to follow this tips.

  4. james myers on August 16th, 2011 6:23 pm

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I SPEND ABOUT 1-2 hrs A DAY ON THE COMPUTOR
    THANKS AGAIN
    JIM MYERS

  5. DORIS on February 1st, 2012 5:23 pm

    I’m only on the computer about 10-15 mins. per day only to check on
    friends.
    I haaven’t had any pain in my hands or writst for almost two weeks, so the
    Doctor seems to think it’s Arthritis.
    I do appricate the info on Carpa Tunnel.
    Tha nks

  6. Jay on March 17th, 2012 12:43 pm

    I didn’t think you were supposed to “anchor” your hands to the desk like the gentleman in the picture.

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