Working or sitting in uncomfortable positions for long periods of time can do severe damage to your joints, bones and muscles. People who work with their hands can develop carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, and tendonitis if they spend long periods of the day working in an improper or uncomfortable form. Ergonomic devices are designed to make you feel comfortable at work. There are many devices that can support, cushion, or brace the hands and wrists and provide relief from pain. They range from fairly cheap, to high end/expensive equipment. Decide for yourself what your needs are; spending money on ways to make your life less painful, is always a good investment
- If you spend a lot of time on the computer, there are ergonomic or “split” keyboards, where the keys are separated on two different sides. This is perfect for those who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome or have sore fingers or wrists.
- Hands-free headsets are convenient in that you don’t have to constantly grip the phone in your hand.
- An ergonomic computer mouse may be needed if you suffer from pain in the wrist or fingers.
- A mouse pad that has a supportive cushion for your wrist, is also a good idea for those who spend a lot of their daily time on the computer. A mouse pad/cushion will support the wrist and help to prevent further damage or carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Ergonomic chairs that properly support all parts of the back while sitting, can make a big difference in your posture, but also play a role in the way we place our hands when they are not on the keyboard.
- For those who work in physically demanding jobs, a good pair of ergonomic gloves can be quite useful if you grip, handle, carry or lift items during your work hours.