If you are one of the individuals who sit all day in an office doing the tedious task of typing, chances are that you could be suffering from some kind of discomfort that effects your fingers, wrists or hands effecting your whole body; or you be going through the painful experience of carpal tunnel. This pain or discomfort could lead to receiving injections or wrist splits or sometimes even limit activity and movement of your arms. Luckily, such permanent injuries can be prevented by using a good ergonomic keyboard accessories.
Modern technology and science has recognized the need of ergonomics. Today’s ergonomic keyboards
and mice are being created not only to provide a comfortable platform to let the hands and arms rest naturally reducing force and stress on the posture but also to improve productivity. Some ergonomic keyboards are sold at very high prices; especially, if they include premium features which increase their life span costing up to $ 995.00. However, simple ergonomic shaped keyboards with no additional features can provide the same kind of stress relief and can range around $ 250.00.
There are many kinds of ergonomic keyboards, mice and accessories available in the market for left or right handed people that fit the natural human form with their unique contoured designs. Some of the popular keyboards out there are split, contoured, angled split.
Split Keyboard: is a single board, with the keys separated into two or three groups, allowing the user to type at a different angle than the typical straight keyboard.
Contoured Keyboard: these keyboards have the keys placed into two depressions which are set approximately at shoulder width, with function keys set between the key groups for use with the thumbs. In this configuration, very little movement of arms and wrists is required.
Angled Split Keyboard: are similar to a split keyboard, but the middle is tented up so that the index fingers are higher than the pinkie fingers while typing.
Other accessories like keyboard Palm Support provides a place to rest your hands while they are not actively keying and enhance comfort and reduces stressful extension of your wrist.
Repetitive clicking of a mouse can lead to (RSI) repetitive strain injury risk. Latest mice are being designed to eliminate clicking completely which helps preventing such strain injuries and reduced mouse fatigue.
In order to reduce pressure on the fingers and hands while typing you can follow some simple steps. For example, keep the wrist in a neutral position; parallel to your desk and the middle finger must be in line with the wrist and forearm. Don’t rest your wrist while typing, let it float. Only rest your wrist while you are NOT typing. Use a light touch when pressing keys.
Once you adjust to the ergonomic style of the keyboards life and typing can become easier, faster and less painful.