Office workers who spend long hours in front of their computers, tapping on the keyboards, or using the mouse continuously are at a greater risk of developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). It, but, can be prevented or minimized by adopting the right lifestyle.
Here are 5 tips to keep CTS at bay.
- Use a prop – If you have a wrist pad, use it, as it will keep your forearms, wrist and hands in a straight line, and it will help minimize your carpal tunnel syndrome from being squeezed or pinched.
- Choose height – If your wrist is bothered by the use of regular mouse, then consider using a vertical mouse, where your thumb is pointing upwards.
- Take breaks – Doing repetitive motions for hours can cause CTS. It is suggested that you take 10-15 minutes break in between work to give your wrists time to rest.
- Maintain your health – Another way of keeping CTS at bay is making sure that you are in the best of shapes, that you maintain your health by eating right, getting enough rest and exercising for at least 30 minutes a day.
- Check your desk setup – CTS can be aggravated if your hands are not in the ideal position when you are using your computer or desk. Your keyboard, phone, etc. should be within the length of your forearms and your keyboard in line with your forearms.