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Writing Ergonomics: Avoiding Injury at Your Desk — 13 Comments

  1. Dave (or anyone), please leave a comment if you ever find a tented keyboard with short throw. Many thanks for all the goodi info in this article, and subsequent comments.

  2. I’m using a stand up desk in my day job – feels so much better. One trick I learned years ago after suffering a lot of pain and discomfort from tense, hunched writing is to sit back and drop my hands to my sides while thinking and reading. We are rarely typing flat out and we don’t need to keep our hands in the danger zone pulling ourselves forward all the time. If you can train yourself to do this you’ll be using your abs more when sitting and hanging off your sine hunching far less. It is also a great way to relax.

  3. this is good but it doesn’t offer much for those of us who work NOT at a desk. i have knee arthritis and i am way happier leaning back using the laptop. this small keyboard =unhappy wrists. i am eyeing the lap top tray at barnes and noble…built in wrist pad. still now i am reclining…need to revamp so much to get the words out of my hands in a healthy way. frustrating! thanks tho ;.)

    • Get a wireless keyboard so you can position the screen for your eyes and the keys for your arms/hands. Try a leg rest that offers custom support. Maybe a flexible keyboard like http://goo.gl/y7FsCP can be coaxed into an ergonomic shape if bent over the spine of an open book? I assume you work in some sort of reclining chair. Have a desk built that rolls over you and your chair—or perhaps modify one of those swing over “dining tables” that hospitals use. This article does offer one important principle for people who don’t work at desks or who have other non-standard circumstances: relax your body, listen to your muscles, and build your workspace to reduce tension. If that means lying on your back with a screen and keyboard suspended from the ceiling, so be it. Think beyond the average solutions; they’re created by average thinkers for average people.

    • It’s an “old style” keyboard with the long throw. I prefer Apple’s light touch keyboard, too, but my elbows and forearms said “no” to the flat keyboard. I’d love to see a tented keyboard with short throw keys, but my pain has gone away with this one.

        • The “throw” is the distance you have to push the key into the keyboard to get it to type a character. Apple keyboards (at least their new ones) have a very short throw; it’s quite nice, and also makes for a thinner keyboard.