New York City, NY (PRWEB) March 21, 2014
Typing has almost replaced the need for handwriting. People rarely use pen and paper these days, and prefer the effectiveness and neatness of typed communication, whether that's in the form of SMS interchanges, Facebook chats, or emailing. However, many people who spend a lot of time typing (about 3% of women and 2% of men) will be diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome at some point. Carpal tunnel syndrome affects people who type a lot each day and/or don’t bother to apply proper ergonomics regarding palm and wrist placement.
People who are in the habit of resting their palms on the keyboard when typing might eventually experience a tingling sensation in their hands, or temporarily lose sensation in one or more fingers. This is the result of nerve compression in the carpal tunnel, a tunnel that starts from the palm of the hand and stretches in either direction towards the fingers and back. Its purpose is to protect the median nerve that passes through the base of the hand.
To avoid the risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome, or to mitigate any damage to the median nerve, eReflect suggests focusing on correct typing posture and habits. This doesn’t only refer to hand and wrist placement on the keyboard, notes eReflect, but also to the ergonomics of typing in general: the correct posture when sitting, using a typing-friendly keyboard and mouse, and doing frequent decompressing exercises that stretch the tendons and relax the nerves, allowing oxygen and nutrients to reach the inflamed area.
Wrist stretches and change to a desktop or work environment that remove the pressure from the wrist and base of the hand will alleviate the tingling, burning sensation and ensure that repetitive typing won’t result in or exacerbate existing carpal tunnel syndrome. With the right precautions and typing help the carpal tunnel syndrome affecting thousands of office workers can be decreased, and typists who are susceptible to developing it will know how to prevent it. The most seemingly trivial changes like an adjustment in chair height can do wonders for pain relief, and that’s why talking with a typing professional or ergonomics expert will help typists deal with the issue effectively, before it's too late.
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About Ultimate Typing™
Ultimate Typing™ software is designed specifically for the improvement of typing skills. Created by eReflect, a world leader in e-learning and self-development software, Ultimate Typing™ has been informed by the latest developments in the science of touch typing.
Since its creation in 2006 by Marc Slater, the company has already catered to over 112 countries all over the world, offering products with the latest cutting-edge technology, some of which are among the world’s most recognized and awarded in the industry.