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Ergonomic Computer Keyboards

Written by Josh Dodes
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If you have seen ergonomic computer keyboards on co-workers' desks, you might well have assumed that their owners were either overly concerned with aesthetics or overly cautious about carpal tunnel syndrome. While there is no accounting for aesthetics, I can confidently assure you that whatever ergonomic concerns your co-workers may have are not overblown. In fact, such concerns have never been more important than they are today.

The growing incidence of carpal tunnel syndrome in the workplace is directly related to the growing extent to which our computers now allow us to type for hours on end. Thanks to IMs, PDFs, and other recent innovations, the frequency with which most of us take breaks is now lower than ever. The result is that low-level pressure on our joints, once relieved by the diversity of our physical movement, is today compounded like never before.

Why Ergonomic Computer Keyboards Work

Ergonomic computer keyboards work for the same reason that traditional keyboards do not: the position with which they require us to hold our arms and wrists. As anyone who has typed for even a few hours in a row can attest, the seemingly minor discomfort of typing on a traditional keyboard can quickly build into substantial pain. Now that millions of us type with such regularity every day, ergonomic computer keyboards have proven essential to keeping our arms and wrists as relaxed and comfortable as possible.

Decisions you make today can pay significant dividends for years to come. I advise you to learn as much as you can about the importance of office ergonomics, and to literally take matters into your own hands. After all, neither computers nor our reliance upon them are likely to go away any time soon.


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