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Computer Keyboards and Shoulder Pain

Keep the Keyboard within Easy Reach

Many of us spend long hours sitting at the computer daily and as a result we can experience more shoulder pain.

In trying to prevent shoulder pain it is important that your mouse and keyboard are within easy reach and that you maintain a correct posture while using the computer.

Correct Computer Posture to Prevent Shoulder Pain

Considering how much time we spend at our computers each day, it is important to take into consideration our postures while at the computer.

Eight hours or more a day at a computer with an incorrect posture can lead to repetitive strain injury and be a real killer on the wrists, forearms, elbows and shoulders.

So, how should you sit when at your computer? Well, for starters, your keyboard and mouse should be within easy reach.

Your arms should remain at right angles to your shoulders and body.

It is also a good idea if you can use the keyboard support mat and mouse support to rest your wrists on which helps to take the tension out of the arm and shoulder muscles and so help to minimise your risk of repetitive strain injury.

Take Regular Breaks for Stretches and Exercises

Another way to prevent shoulder pain from excessive computer usage and poor posture is to take regular breaks where you can stretch and do some exercises that help to improve your computer posture.

Set reminders to take short breaks after each hour of using the computer and either get up and walk around or do some stretching exercises.

Mouse Solutions

Use of the mouse can also cause or aggravate shoulder pain and other repetitive strain injuries.

One way to help overcome this is to swap hands regularly so that each hand gets a chance to work and a chance to rest.

Another way is to use a track ball instead  of a mouse to help distribute the load more evenly.

Keyboard Solutions

When it comes to preventing shoulder pain and pain in the hands caused by the keyboard you may find it useful if you swap to the Dvorak format instead of a Qwerty keyboard.

This can be done easily by going into the language settings on your computer’s control panel and changing to this format.

It may take a while to get used to the new format of the keys but since this was designed to minimise finger movement it can help reduce repetitive strain injury.

Computers are a big part of our lives today but unfortunately this also comes with its problems – repetitive strain injury being one of them.

In order to prevent these problems and prevent shoulder pain ensure that your keyboard and mouse are within easy reach and that you take regular breaks from your computer. You can also try other keyboard and mouse solutions.

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