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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Heal Your Hands

A few years ago I went to a conference at M.I.T. about the dangers of electromagnetic radiation and part of the presentation was a discussion of the ancillary dangers of using a keyboard and mouse. These dangers include the fact that excessive typing on a computer keyboard (or any keyboard input device, including an old-fashioned typewriter) can lead to damage to the ligaments and nerves of the hands and wrists, a condition known as carpel tunnel syndrome. Many keyboards (possibly even the one you're using right now) have a message printed on the back by the manufacturer saying "Some people believe the use of any keyboard can pose a health risk." Which is why it's prudent to use an ergonomic keyboard wrist rest. A new Web site has a great selection, and iShopErgonomics offers ergonomic mice as well as keyboards and chairs (which are great for the back) as well as appropriate and tested lighting and other products for both home and office use. Let's face it, we're living in a computer age and there's no way you can avoid using a computer today. Why, even hermits who retreat from society have access to computers and they are in use in almost every household in the country. So the dangers we're talking about aren't imaginary (although they may seem so to you if you haven't yet felt the aches and pains of carpel tunnel syndrome). Trust us, we've done our research, and this is a real problem, with a real solution.

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