Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

All writers should be aware of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). Check out the great post at Writer Unboxed. It tells you what CTS is, who's at risk, and what you can do.

6 comments:

Michelle said...

I had never experienced carpal tunnel until I was pregnant with my son. Apparently it's a side-effect that's really common. It was excruciating. Enough to make me very aware of it with writing, and to take precautions!

Rural Writer said...

ouch

Melissa Marsh said...

I had carpal tunnel for awhile. The way I fixed it was to get a split keyboard, a wrist rest for the hand that uses the mouse, and good posture. I haven't had any problems since! I'm a big advocate of split keyboards. They take awhile to get used to it, but I can hardly type on "normal" keyboards anymore.

Wil said...

I put a nice strip of wood on the front of my desk to hold my wrists up!

Works well and gives me something to hold on to when I run across something REAL funny!

Hope all is well.

Wil

Rene said...

I avoid CTS by only writing in 10 minute increments then getting up to scream at my kids. Then I play another 20 mins. on a game that only requires a mouse. My mom had CTS and ended up having surgery. It was pretty easy surgery, they keep you awake and she hasn't had any problems since.

Germain Ergonomics said...

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