Are your hands or forearms sore and aching at the end of the work day? Are you surprised about being sore despite being at a desk all day?
How you have your workstation set up may make all the difference. In this video, Sue Helton-Groce, Franciscan WorkingWell Ergonomics Coordinator, offers tips on how you can better set up your work station.
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When your keyboard is on the desk, you have a tendency to rest your forearms against the desk edge. This continual resting can fatigue your forearms and contribute to both forearm and hand discomfort.
Consider using either a keyboard tray holder or a standing arrangement so that your forearms will not rest or have contact against the edge of the desk.
Remember – just because you are taking a break from your keyboard doesn’t mean that you can’t perform other work! Try filing, copying or cleaning your desk area (e.g. computer screen, keyboard, etc.).
Gentle massage and ice can also help tired hands / forearms.
Use both micro (very short breaks – a few seconds) to mini (~5 minutes) breaks to stretch and alter your forearm and hand posture. Periodically take a break at work and stretch your hands by alternating between fists and stretching fingers wide.
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