If your work requires repetitive, forceful hand and wrist movements or has you operating vibrating equipment a lot, you might experience symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. These activities include driving, using a sander, working with small instruments, sewing, or even typing on a keyboard for long hours.
Factors such as obesity and smoking increase your risk of developing this condition.
The good news is that you can prevent carpal tunnel in the workplace by adopting good ergonomic practices and ensuring proper body mechanics. Here are four tips that can help you do just that.
Set up a comfortable workstation
Design a work station that allows you to move your hands and wrists comfortably. Make sure you aren’t reaching for items too frequently. Keep everything important within arm’s distance.
If you’re sitting at a desk and typing for long periods, make sure your arms are parallel to the ground. Use a wrist cushion to support your arms and keep them rested.
Use different grips or tools
Most people benefit from a split, v-shaped keyboard for their workspace. Try this option for at least a week before you decide if it works for you or not. When using other equipment, experiment with different types of tools. Change around how you hold your tool—switch hands every now and then if possible.
Use proper hand and wrist movement for manual tasks and keep your elbows close to your sides to prevent added strain. Avoid leaning on the bottom of your hand or wrist while working.
Take frequent breaks
Take frequent breaks between work to rest your hands and arms. Stop working every half an hour and carry out stretching exercises for your hands. Take 5-10 minute breaks to prevent these issues.
Consider wrist splints
If you have trouble keeping your wrists and arms straight, consider wearing wrist splints for relief. These splints aren’t meant to be worn for long periods of time and it’s better to wear them while sleeping.
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