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Written by Josh Dodes
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For decades, most computer keyboards looked fundamentally the same. Modeled after the tried-and-true keyboards found for generations on typewriters, these computer keyboards appeared to minimize physical strain and maximize efficiency. However, recent advances in the increasingly important science of ergonomics have shed light on a keyboard-related problem of growing severity.

This problem, as with so many ergonomics-related difficulties, is based upon the cumulative effects of low-level joint and muscle strain. It turns out that the standard keyboard with which we have all lived for so long actually keeps our wrists and arms at slightly unnatural angles--angles that can give rise to far more than slight long-term injuries. The only reason why we have not noticed this problem before is that, until recently, even the most sedentary computer users had no choice but to take frequent breaks from this low-level strain.

The Pressing Need for Ergonomic Computer Keyboards

And here we come to the crux of the problem. Our relentless drive to minimize physical activity in the workplace has actually proven too successful. By reducing the extent to which we need to get up from our keyboards to perform even the most routine tasks, we have created a work environment where small ergonomic strains can blossom, unchecked, into significant ergonomic injuries.

Fortunately, if you know where to look, you can find ergonomic computer keyboards that will help correct your typing posture automatically. But you have to make a decision to do so, a decision made no easier by the fact that most of these strains are undetectable until it is too late. I urge you not to wait that long.


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