Ergonomic Wrist Support

Written by Sierra Rein
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The wrist is one of the most delicate areas of the human body. It is also one of the most overused, especially when it comes to computer-related jobs and activities. Throughout the course of the average workday, a person may flex her wrists up to an estimated 5,000 times. Unfortunately, she may develop a number of repetitive stress injuries because of this, especially if she is not using ergonomic common sense and other preventative measures.

To combat the effects of improper wrist positioning, many people choose to employ an ergonomic wrist support product to add extra comfort while typing or performing another kind of repetitive wrist movement. There are two main types of wrist support items to choose from: wrist rests and wrist braces. Wrist wrests are usually long, thin gel or padded cushions that are placed in the area directly in front of the computer's keyboard, basically leveling the hands so that the palms, wrists and forearms are in a ergonomically healthy line with each other.

A wrist brace is an accessory piece that surrounds the lower palm, wrist and the part of the forearm closest to the wrist. Made of light plastics, metals and cloth, a brace is meant to limit wrist flexion (downward motion) and help the wearer maintain a more neutral wrist position during work. While they cannot completely reduce the chances of developing a wrist injury, ergonomic wrist support braces are cost-effective and instrumental in reducing wrist pain and supplementing other ergonomics programs.

Ergonomic Wrist Support from within

Of course, the most natural type of ergonomic wrist support comes from the muscles and ligaments of the forearms and of the wrists themselves. While external support is incredibly important, it is also essential to exercise the wrists and take special time off to stretch and strengthen the areas around the wrist joints. It is also very effective to take the time to reevaluate one's workspace and re-design it if there are any apparently better ergonomic adjustments to make regarding the positions of the hands and arms.

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