Today, I want to share with you, 5 simple ways to avoid Carpal Tunnel Syndrome while writing/typing content on a regular basis. This will also apply to all the TikTok fans who are on their phones, tablets, and laptops all day.
Let’s face it, many people aren’t fortunate enough to have a thriving online business during this pandemic and are currently bored out of their minds.
As usual, there is actually a story behind the reason for this post.
I recently started a 60-day challenge where I intend to be posting at least 1 article per day for the next 60 days, distributed evenly over my 3 favorite Websites. So, each Website should have 20 new posts over the next 2 months and this should lead to increased income over the next 3 months.
As a medical professional, the question I had to ask myself was…
“…How will this affect my health?”
Immediately after that thought, recent memories of wrist pain flooded my mind. Since the quarantine, I have had the opportunity to publish more frequently and this was wreaking havoc on my wrist. If you are new to HomeBody Income, then you would not know that this is how I made my 1st $1000/month income from the online Amazon Affiliate Program where I did not have to buy or sell any product on Amazon, simply write and earn.
Now back to the pain… Am I the only one who experienced this?
Well, I thought I’d just drop a post here to tell my readers, especially those joining the 60- day challenge, how to avoid Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in the rush to keep up with the constant typing.
What is carpal tunnel syndrome and why does excessive typing cause this problem?
To get some context, take a look at the two definitions below:
- According to the free online dictionary, a simple definition is
a painful condition of the hand and fingers caused by compression of a major nerve where it passes over the carpal bones through a passage at the front of the wrist. It may be caused by continual repetitive movements or by fluid retention.
2. According to mayoclinic.org
Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve. The median nerve runs from your forearm through a passageway in your wrist (carpal tunnel) to your hand. It provides sensation to the palm side of your thumb and fingers, except the little finger.
So essentially, the repetitive movements of the wrist involved in typing can lead to this painful syndrome if we do not take the necessary precautions.
What are the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
According to healthline.com, some of the signs and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:
- Numbness, tingling, and pain in your thumb and the first three fingers of your hand.
- Pain and burning that travels up your arm.
- Wrist pain at night that interferes with sleep.
- Weakness in the muscles of the hand.
What can we do to avoid carpal tunnel syndrome?
- Take frequent breaks from typing
- Find a comfortable chair and desk to type from
- Use an Ergonomic Mouse Pad for wrist support while typing
- Use a wrist band while typing and during sleep on excessive days
- Some simple wrist exercises
1..Take frequent breaks
I find that when I take a break every 30 – 40 minutes, I do not experience the pain as much as when I get caught up and type for hours on end. Get a snack, take a walk, get some exercise in, have a snack, do whatever it takes to get my hands and your mind freed up for a few minutes. This will also help to reduce monotonous content. A change of pace often gives us a new perspective on whatever we are writing about. Easier said than done though. While writing this article, I tried to take my own advice but it is proving to be quite difficult. Whenever I have a flow going, it is hard to just stop. But do it anyway. Your wrists will thank you for it.
2. Find a comfortable desk and chair to type from
It is important that your wrist is not in an uncomfortable position that would increase the work of the muscles being used to type as this will increase strain on the tendons. While touching on this topic, do you know how you should be sitting to avoid back injury during those hours around the computer? Ensure that your back is supported by buying the proper office chair if you do not already own one. Also, ensure that you do not stay in the same position the entire time. At some point, you will be putting excessive strain on the muscles supporting you in that position.
3. Use an Ergonomic Mouse Pad with Wrist Support
Having wrist support is very important while using the computer. The best I have seen so far is the mousepads with a raised ergonomic soft memory form design as seen above. They will provide good effective support to your wrist while decreasing the movements needed for the mouse to be sensed on your screen. This decreases the stress on your wrist. Overall, this will amount to improved carpal tunnel syndrome protection while keeping your arms, wrists, and hands from getting sore after using the computer for extended periods.
The Ergonomic Mouse Pad in the picture to the left was the best that we found online on Amazon.
You can click on the image to view the product on Amazon.
4. Use wrist braces while typing
Wrist braces help to improve comfort and stabilize the wrist while typing. If you already have tendonitis from excessive typing, the wrist brace will prevent further injury and reduces pain and discomfort while typing. They are very inexpensive yet effective for what we need during this 60-day challenge or whatever your situation may be.
The wrist brace in the picture to the left is also very comfortable to sleep in whenever you have a bad wrist day. It can be found on Amazon.
You can click on the image to view the product details Amazon.
5. Exercises prevent carpal tunnel syndrome and exercises relieve carpal tunnel symptoms
This might seem like a weird suggestion since, with typing, excessive and repetitive movements are what essentially lead to Carpal Tunnel syndrome in the first place, however, there are some benefits from doing a few stretches to release the stress on the nerve.
Here is a video showing some simple exercises recommended by a physiotherapist that you can do to prevent and also treat carpal tunnel syndrome.
Now that you know, Take action!
You should not take these precautions lightly. Some people will require surgery to relieve the pressure on the median nerve. It is a simple surgery but prevention is always better than cure.
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