Relieving Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Increasing Computer Productivity
Do you want to know of a simple and easy secret to increase your productivity on the computer, while at the same time help prevent and even relieve carpel tunnel syndrome?
I once had very bad carpal tunnel syndrome. So bad, in fact, that I was not able to use the computer at all. I admit that it was because I was playing computers games too much (about 12 hours a day for at least a week). So using my other hand, I adjusted my computer mouse sensitivity to be so fast that I hardly need to move my wrist at all. Now, I only have to move the mouse about an inch to move the mouse pointer completely from one side of the screen to the opposite side (same for top and bottom), therefore I mostly only move my fingers when moving the mouse. Thus, I am almost not using my wrist at all and aggravating my carpal tunnel syndrome.
I know it takes a bit of getting use to, but you will be amazed at how fast the human brain adjusts to it. Try increasing your mouse sensitivity in small increments to minimize your sudden change. See below for instructions on how to change your mouse sensitivity if you don't already know.
During the first few minutes, your productivity will momentarily decrease, but after about 15 minutes I adjusted and saw a significant productivity boost in how fast I was doing most computer tasks. It took me about a week to completely adjust. This simple change allowed my carpal tunnel syndrome to heal itself (it took about 2 weeks to heal, even though it is still not quite right at times), but I was back on the computer instantly. I even got another unexpected benefit. I was playing computer games FASTER than before. That's right! My friends (computer game opponents) even asked me why I was suddenly starting to play better. Unfortunately as soon as I told them the truth, they also became faster and better players.
In conclusion, increasing the sensitivity of a computer mouse decreases the amount of movement of our wrists. Thus, this will help prevent and even relieve carpal tunnel syndrome. And as an added benefit, our productivity on the computer will increase after adjusting to the new speed. So please adjust the settings on your computer mouse.
by Phil for Humanity
Instructions on how to adjust your mouse sensitivity for Windows XP:
- Click on the "Start" Button in the bottom left corner of the screen.
- Highlight "Settings".
- Click on "Control Panel".
- Double click on the "Mouse" Icon.
- Select the "Pointer Options" Tab.
- Under "Motion", adjust your pointer speed to be faster. I do not recommend super fast, but you can slowly increase it until you find a good speed for yourself.
- I also recommend that you turn on "Enhance pointer precision" if it is off.
- Click on "OK".
- Test your mouse point speed. If you need to re-adjust your speed, go back to Step #1.
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