Ergonomic Keyboard Setup

Your mouse and keyboard are what your hands work with all day long, so it's no surprise that setting those up properly is critical to your wrist and arm health. Let's look at the keyboard.

The key here is to try to keep your hands as straight as possible, so that from your elbows to your fingertips there are no bends. Whereever your wrist bends, that is where little tubes within your wrist are able to crimp nerves. If you're sitting with your arms going straight from your elbows to your desk, you should have the keyboard at a spo where your hands would naturally fall on the keyboard without stretching. You don't want your keyboard to high or low, or too far or near. Many desks have an adjustable keyboard shelf to help you with this placement.

You can have a soft rest for the balls of your hand, but you should never rest your WRIST on anything. The whole problem of carpal tunnel syndrome is that your wrist gets pressed on, usually by bending it. The last thing you need is even more things pressing on your wrist.

Many keyboards have an adjustable front or back so that you can tilt them. Experiment with different tilts to find a position where you can easily reach all the keys, and where your fingers are most relaxed. Usually you tilt the far end of the keyboard up slightly, so that it's easier to reach those "far away" top number keys and function keys.

There are ergonomic keyboards out there where the left side tilts slightly left and the right side tilts slightly right. They may look silly, but they actually make sense. When you put your handson the keyboard, you'll probably notice that your hands are not straight up-down - they do tilt slightly. You then end up trying to bend your hands to be more up-down oriented to get to all the keys.

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