Do you spend a long time sitting and working in front of your desktop each day? If so, you might have noticed that you occasionally experience wrist pain, particularly during those busy periods when workload increases and breaks become infrequent.
What is the cause of this pain? While it is not for certain, there is a good chance that you are suffering from a condition known as ‘carpal tunnel syndrome.’ Here’s what this means and how to take action to protect your wrists from sustaining any further damage.
What is carpal tunnel syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that often results in tingling, numbness, and pain in the hands, wrists, and arms. It manifests when there is a constant pressure placed on your median nerve, which is responsible for the movement of your fingers (with the exception of your little finger). This nerve extends through the length of your arm and moves through the passage of your wrist into your hand.
There is little evidence to suggest that the regular use of a computer causes carpal tunnel syndrome. It is incorrect computer usage, especially regarding your hand position when it comes to typing, which can lead to the development of the condition.
How to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome when working at your desk
The key to preventing and healing carpal tunnel syndrome is to alter the way in which you type, as well as how you sit at your desk. From a typing perspective, it is vital to avoid resting your wrists on the keyboard or desk, making an effort to raise your hands and wrists instead. They should remain below the level of your elbows, with the back of your wrists remaining flat. Essentially, your hands should look similar to the way that they would if you were playing the piano. Adjust your keyboard as necessary to accommodate this new positioning or invest in an ergonomic keyboard if finances allow.
Pay attention to your posture
Most individuals who suffer from persistent wrist pain resulting from computer use will also experience back and neck pain. This is a good indication that your posture could do with some tweaks, too. Make an effort to sit up straight, keeping your head and neck in a neutral position and your shoulders strong, yet relaxed. Adjust your backrest to allow for maximum support, especially regarding your lower back. Rest your feet flat on the floor and keep your computer screen at eye level to avoid having to gaze upward or downward and straining your neck.
If you need assistance to combat pain brought about as a result of frequent computer usage, it pays to visit a chiropractor in Miami for an adjustment. Here at walk-in chiropractor SnapCrack, we offer adjustments for just $29 per session and a bespoke in-and-out service for cost-effective convenience. If you are keen to receive multiple adjustments per month, we also offer a membership option. Pay just $39 per month and enjoy access to up to six adjustments. No contracts – cancel any time after 30 days! Get in touch today for details or click here to find a SnapCrack Miami chiropractor near you.