H and L Office Furniture on wrist rests:

There are some things we just do not appreciate the importance of. In your car it may be the bolt that holds the steering wheel in place. We appreciate the steering wheel, but do not really think about the small things that make sure it can do the job. In our home we may not care about the small filament in the tube inside our television that lets us see the images we want to watch, until it is no longer working.

The same is true about our wrists. They are the integral piece that attaches our arms to our hands and makes them operational to complete so many things during our day, but this is one body part we often ignore, until it hurts, or does not want to do its job.

Instead of waiting until you have a wrist problem, why not do a little preventative maintenance to keep it healthy and happy. A number of things at your workstation may already be having a negative impact on your wrist. A big contributor to wrist problems are the computer keyboard and mouse. Chances are your wrist is responsible for moving your hand into the position to make thousands upon thousands of keystrokes each day.

The next time you are typing a document take a closer look at what your wrists are doing. They are holding your hands up and constantly shifting side to side to make sure your fingers can get to the buttons to type and get the job done.

While your hands may not weigh too much in the grand scheme of things, they are a pretty good amount of weight for your wrists to be asked to hold up day in and day out. When it comes to the mouse, look at how your hand is positioned on the mouse right now. Is it bent back, with your wrist being forced to hold up the entire weight of your hand? There is more strain on the already overworked wrist.

These activities of constantly forcing the wrist to hold an elevated hand can irritate tendons and tendons sheathes and lead to pain. So, how do you make things a little less stressful on the wrist? Quit making it bend so much.

When it comes to the keyboard, consider a wrist rest. Many ergonomic keyboards come with these rests already built in. If you do not have an ergonomic keyboard, there are also individual wrist rests available for purchase that can be placed at the bottom of the keyboard to give your wrist a more supportive surface to work from.

For the computer mouse, you should consider a wrist rest in front of the mouse to support the wrist, or even a tracker ball device that will allow full support for your wrist while your fingers do the work.

You also may be able to adjust your computer chair to be a little higher, allowing your arm to be elevated and keeping your wrist from having to do quite as much bending. The fixes are not difficult or costly, but properly supporting your wrist now could save you a lot of costly medication to relieve the pain down the road.