Using the computer requires a lot of hand action, and whilst this doesn’t feel particularly strenuous it does put pressure on the tendons and muscles in the hands whilst the rest of our body remains relaxed.
Here are some useful tips which will help you to keep your hands healthy and supple after a hard day straining over the keyboard:
Posture – Experts believe that the best way to sit whilst at work is sitting up whilst typing and leaning back slightly when at the keyboard to give your spine a chance to stretch. Purchasing a lower back support is an inexpensive way of ensuring that you don’t slouch at your desk and will also mean that you have lumbar support which makes for a good sitting position. In addition, wrist guards, supportive mouse mats and an ergonomic mouse might all look fairly pointless, but they do more to help your posture than you’d think.
Step away – Anyone in whatever job they are doing whether a ballerina or a builder, needs to step away from what they are doing. Repeating the same activity will undoubtedly get tedious and both our minds and our bodies need a break from that pattern. If you are sitting for prolonged periods of time at a desk then make sure you are getting up every half an hour and taking a stroll down the corridor or just standing up to stretch.
Exercise – According to hand experts, most situations in which we use are hands actually require finger strength and not palm strength as many would assume. In order to build up and maintain the strength in our hands, try finger exercises to increase blood flow and tighten the muscles in those areas. In turn you should find you experience less hand cramps, aches and pains.
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