AAre you taking care of your money maker? And by semantics, we must refer to your wrist, arm and arm area.
Think about it: If you work on a laptop, these muscles, joints and nerves allow you to type and scroll all that comes with your paycheck.
Unfortunately, all of these important uses of body parts make it a potential site for their muscular problems, said Colin Maher, PhD, OTR / L, an assistant professor of occupational therapy programs at Columbia University and Colin Maher, OTD, OTR / L at St. Joseph’s University. An Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy.
As it turns out, having the right wrist posture is important. Mendonca and Maher say misuse can cause problems, including staying in an awkward position (such as resting your wrist on a desk or laptop) for long periods of time, and repeating the same motion over and over again without rest.
“This type of posture and movement can result in strain on muscles, tendons and nerves,” Mendonca and Maher wrote in an email.
This can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome, which is when a nerve contracts and causes tingling, numbness and pain, and tendonitis, which is an inflammation of the tendon that causes pain. No, thanks!
Fortunately, there are some easy ways to avoid that fate. Since placing your wrist on a surface while you type can cause stress on your tendons, consider investing in a more ergonomic setup. A chair that supports your back, your feet on the floor (or footrest), your hips, knees and elbows bend at a 90-degree angle and your wrists straighten. “Best for the correct position of your arms and hands, “said Mendonca and Maher.
Breaks are also important.
“Not only to relax your muscles, tendons and nerves, but also to move them in opposite positions that have been held for a long time,” Mendenka and Maher said. Hours can be very rewarding. “
But what should you do during that break for some equal and opposite reaction against all that typing? Here are four laptop wrist extensions Mendonca and Maher suggest adding to your routine for wrist mobility.
- Reach the back of your head with both hands. Place the palms of your hands behind your head so that your elbows are bent and to the side and then extend your elbows backwards.
- Straighten your elbows by hanging on the side of the chair, then bend and touch your shoulders with the tip of your finger.
- Rest your arms on the arm of your chair, bend your wrists down, and then lift it up, keeping your fingers relaxed. You can also make circles with your wrist.
- For your hands: Make a fist and then open. Then touch your thumb with each finger.
Do these movements about 10 times, twice a day. Your body will thank you for it!
Also try this 10-minute workout for your wrist:
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