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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What is the best way to position my hands on a keyboard to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome?

    I am on my computer frequently for work. Is there a proper way to position my hands while typing?
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  • Dr David Salisbury is an osteopath situated in Bairnsdale, in East Gippsland, Victoria. He completed his osteopathic studies at RMIT University, and now works at … View Profile

    Yes there is. When using the keyboard, your wrists should be straight. Often people have to bend their wrists back to allow their fingers to reach the keys. This can be corrected by changing the height of the keyboard or your chair. The correct height allows you to type with you wrists relaxed and straight, not bend back or forward to reach the keys. Your elbows should be at 90 degrees.
    In terms of your actual hand and finger position, this is hard to change without changing the keyboard. A standard straight keyboard does require you to turn your hands outwards to align with the keys. An ergonomic keyboard fixes this problem, but it usually requires buying a new keyboard!

    Dr David Salisbury - Osteopath -

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    Dr Ryan Hislop


    Ryan Hislop is the Clinical Director at the Mudgee Chiropractic Health and Wellness Centre. As an experienced and evidence-based diagnostician, Ryan works largely by medical … View Profile

    These tips were part of The Chiropractors Association of Australia's sit right campaign in 2012.

    • Hips, elbows and knees should be at open angles (slightly more than 90 degrees). 
    • Recline slightly to ease lower back pressure. 
    • Thighs parallel to floor.
    • Ensure feet are flat on floor (or use footrest).
    • Sit about one arms-length from the monitor.
    Your monitor…
    • Position centre of screen at eye level – tilt the monitor upwards slightly.
    Your mouse/keyboard…
    • Keep wrists in neutral position, not bent up or down.
    • Only use wrist rests while resting, not when typing.
    • Keep alphabetical section of keyboard centred to you.

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