Avoiding RSI

Sitting in front of a computer all day can certainly take its toll.  For the past year and a half or so, I suffered from symptoms commonly associated with carpal tunnel syndrome — tingling/stiffness in the fingers, pain in the wrists.  This isn’t a good situation for anyone who needs to type for a living!

So I experimented with different strategies for getting rid of the pain: doing crazy ergonomic stretches during the day, using different kinds of mice and mouse pads, taking frequent breaks, sitting up straighter…nothing really worked.

Until I got the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000.  I had tried an earlier Microsoft Natural keyboard before at Amazon, but it didn’t help, so I was skeptical.  But the good news is, after using it for a couple of weeks, I feel fine again.

The two best features of the keyboard are the tilt and the cushioned palm rests.  The front of the keyboard has an optional platform which tilts the keyboard, giving it a slight reverse slope.  The wristpads have a comfortable faux leather padding, which is nice when you code 12 hours a day.  Then there are a bunch of other features I don’t use, such as the Zoom Slider or the My Favorites keys.  Overall, it’s a great product and has made my life much more comfortable.

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