Tuesday, January 13

Let Me Help Ease Your Pain

This is where I blog, do homework, read, pay bills and email daily.

Quite the mess, but I admit I tidied it up just a little before photographing. I said a little!

You see that reverse tilt keyboard stand? My JB made that for me! I had seen one that was quite expensive and showed it to him, while remarking "I bet you could make me one of those."
He surprised me with this for Christmas!

The reverse slope eases the strain on the wrists.
Note, I do have a gel wrist pad for my wireless mouse.

Since my classes are web intensive, I spend lots of time in front of the computer. I try to keep everything as ergonomically correct as possible.

Just about everything I need is within my neutral reach zone.

If your shoulder hurts, or wrists ache, or if you have tingling in your fingers, PLEASE hear me out. I have had 2 computer related surgeries. I have had physical therapists tell me that I should no longer do computer-related jobs.

What can I say? I love a challenge! And I am always on the lookout for a better way to continue doing what I do with as much comfort as possible.

If you're hurting now :
  • invest in a good ice gel pack to help reduce inflammation. Use it as necessary. I know a heating pad feels better, but a gel pack will reduce inflammation, which will make you feel better longer.
  • Take a pain reliever (Aleve works for me, but I maybe do that one or twice a year now!)
  • See a chiropractor. I can't tell you how much I have benefited from this alone.
  • Take up Yoga
  • And please, please adjust your workstation!

I want you to feel better because I like reading what you have to say. So, do it for me okay?


Poetikat said...

Thanks, Mizmell! I'm pretty sure MY ergonomics (or lack of) are responsible for my problem. I'll get one of those gel packs for sure.

My husband's not a d.i.y. guy - I'll have to improvise the reverse keyboard somehow.


P.S. I'll send interview questions your way sometime today.

Poetikat said...

I'm sorry Mizmell, I got tied up with my Mom today and didn't get a chance to send the interview questions. Will do so soon.


(un)relaxeddad said...

Something else I do is switch mouse hands - I keep my work computer set up for my left hand and use my right at home - took a little bit of getting used to but reduced a lot of the strain and pain I was beginning to feel.

LisaBinDaCity said...

OMG, I have the exact same mugs! Don't you love them? I drink my coffee in them every morning.

Thanks for your great advice :-)

sharryb said...

Hi, Great advice. I'd never thought of the reverse keyboard. I have been working on learning more keystrokes to keep down the mouse use.


Linda and her Twaddle said...

Your desk is very tidy. Was that for our benefit?

Mouseclone said...

That is a very neat idea. I will have to see how I like it. I'm fairly short, but I could see hot that would work out well.