Friday, December 16, 2005

Looks I won't be getting carpal tunnel anytime soon

Turns out a new Harvard study has found that carpal tunnel syndrome is not caused by heavy computer use, but has more to do with heredity, body weight, previous fractures and even pregnancy. Not sure exactly how those come into play, but the study found that sitting improperly can cause all sorts of pain, such as aching shoulders and lower back, which makes perfect sense. But that’s not a syndrome.

Now for the rant part. It’s important to have a good chair set at the right height. You can feel it when your chair is not set up correctly or if the desk is too high and you can do something about it. But if you can adjust your chair and fix your ergonomics, then why do some people in well furnished offices develop carpal tunnel syndrome? Dare I continue...

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