Workplace Ergonomics: Keyboard and Mouse Tips. Part 4 of 4.

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Young secretary with inflammation of the carpal tunnel

Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist, shares tips on how to design an ergonomic workspace! This is a four part series, today being part 4 of 4. We will be investigating the proper selection of your keyboard and mouse!

If you’ve read the other three blog posts prior to this, you may be starting to see the pattern of how each workplace accessory plays into one-another. The proper chair gives you the ability to sit at your desk correctly, the proper desk allows you to position your monitor, keyboard, and mouse appropriately, and so on.

Selecting the appropriate keyboard and mouse helps reduce exposure to awkward postures, repetition, and contact stress. Here are four tips to consider when positioning and choosing your keyboard and mouse.

  1. Your keyboard may be of better service to you by utilizing a wrist rest to reduce pressure on the carpal canal. Repetitive pressure on the carpal canal can lead to inflammation and ultimately become carpal tunnel syndrome.
  2. Your keyboard should be directly in front you and allow your elbows to be close to your body with your shoulders relaxed.
  3. Keep the mouse close to the keyboard and consider alternating hands with which you use the mouse.
  4. Consider the use of split-keyboards, trackballs, and touch pads to ease the stress that normal keyboards and mouse may cause over time.

At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, we have the ability to address all of the potential variables that may be causing pain related to lack of ergonomic support and repetitive motion injuries that may occur at home or in the workplace. We specialize in working to find the root cause of your ailments, and correcting them.

We come up with personalized programs for each patient to provide results in a fun and healing environment. Call Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center to schedule an appointment with an expert and caring physical therapist!


1111 W. Town and Country Rd., Ste. 1

Orange, CA 92868

Phone: (714) 997-5518


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