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Avoiding Carpal Tunnel Problems

16 Nov 2007
Since so many people practice Tai Chi to improve their health, I get a lot of questions involving office-related injuries - not the falling off the ladder type of injury, but the carpal tunnel or bad back kind of injury. In many of these cases, Tai Chi can provide healthier, longer-lasting benefits than the average doctor will inadequately provide with drugs or surgery.

For the moment we will focus on carpal-tunnel syndrome. Most of the problem is caused by bad ergonomics, but Tai Chi exercises can help as well. Even if you have never suffered from carpal tunnel, you may recognize some of the symptoms: while using the keyboard, the underside of your wrist bumps against edges, giving your tendons the feeling of an electric shock. It is interesting to experience once, but disturbing to experience repeatedly. For the more severe cases, it becomes impossible to work.

The workplace answer is simple: you must adjust the height relationship between yourself, your chair, and the surface upon which your keyboard sits (typically a desktop that cannot be adjusted vertically). You should sit high enough in relation to the keyboard that your wrists float freely above all surfaces. The minute your wrist starts striking a hard edge, you start injuring your wrists and inviting carpal tunnel syndrome. You should never push the keyboard up six or eight inches or more from the edge of the desk.

Here's a surprise for you: a lot of workplaces try to solve the problem by putting wrist pads at the bottom of the keyboard. Wrist pads may be worse than doing nothing at all. They are soft but they still interfere with wrist/tendon functioning. Every time your wrist hits or lies on a wrist pad, it contributes to the damage - perhaps a little slower than a sharp edge, but no better. If you use a wrist pad at your desk, I recommend you toss it out. It creates tension for your entire forearm subsystem.

As for the Tai Chi side of it, we have many, many exercises that involve relaxing the fingers, wrists, and forearms. The movements often take the aspect of hands/arms floating up or down, with air gently passing between the fingers. These exercises are a fabulous form of self-massage and healing that anyone can learn to do in a single session.

I have even more to say about back problems in the office. Next time!


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