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Tip Tuesday – Ergonomics Part Two – Keyboard Tips

TMJ, ergonomics, & posture
Last week, we started a new series on ergonomics as they relate to TMJ disorder. Last Tuesday’s tip was about the mouse, and how to place your hand to minimize strain on the rest of your body. We’re continuing this week with keyboard tips.
Your keyboard should be right in front of you, set at a height that keeps your forearms parallel to the floor. Note that most desks are too high for comfortable keyboard use… that is why they have keyboard trays. Consider adding one if your desk does not have one already.  When your hands are resting on the keyboard, they should be in a straight line with your arm.
Keep your shoulders relaxed – try not to tense them up or have them shrugged. You may need to adjust the armrests of your chair so that you don’t have this issue. Don’t rest all of your weight on your arms, either.

Make sure you take frequent breaks, where you get up, walk around, and most of all, don’t type! 🙂
You can also purchase a specific keyboard that has been designed with ergonomics in mind. The classic is the Microsoft Natural Keyboard Elite (which you may remember from the ’90s!).
Another one that is a little strange looking, but newer, is the Kinesis Advantage USB – Keyboard – USB – white, which has the key areas separated more.
Do you have any keyboard related tips for your fellow patients? What has helped you the most as far as relieving your TMJD-related pain & helping you be productive around the office?

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