How to Use a Wrist Rest

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A wrist rest is designed to help give your wrists a break when typing for long periods of time. This helps alleviate the pain associated with typing incorrectly, and may also help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome, a serious threat to those who type for long hours repeatedly. A wrist rest is designed to keep your wrists off the hard edge of the desk, and helps prevent bad wrist "posture" when typing.

  • Measure the height and width of your keyboard.

  • Choose a wrist rest you find comfortable. There are many styles, prices and designs. What's most important is that it be the same height and width as your keyboard, and comfortable to you. If you have an ergonomic keyboard, be sure to purchase a wrist rest that conforms to its shape.

  • Place the wrist rest against the bottom edge of your keyboard. There shouldn't be a gap between the keyboard and the wrist rest. Adjust the position of your keyboard so the wrist rest is at the edge of the desk.

  • Type normally, trying not to strain your hands. Strive to touch the keyboard as lightly as possible. Your wrist and hands should be on a level plane at all times. Between typing bouts, let the wrist rest cushion your wrists.

Tips & Warnings

  • Adjust the height of your chair so that your arms, from elbows to wrists, are level with the keyboard.
  • Remove your hands from keyboard and let them dangle as often as possible to further reduce stress on the nerves in your wrists.

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