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Tips for using the computer

Sitting at a computer for a long time with poor posture will make aches and pain worse. You should:

  • take regular breaks and change your position often
  • sit squarely facing the computer with good posture and your back and arms supported
  • use a table and chair that allows you to sit comfortably
  • keep your mouse close to you – don’t over-reach
  • wear wrist splints for support, or try resting your wrists on a sponge bar in front of the keyboard.

You can also get mouse mats with similar cushioning, but you'll need to be careful with these as they can result in overuse of the wrist to keep the mouse on the mat. This can put pressure on your median nerve, which may trigger carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms.

You could also try using voice-activated software – it takes a little while to ‘train’ the software to recognise your voice, but it can make using a computer a lot easier.

For more information, go to www.arthritisresearchuk.org.
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