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Hand FAQ

Question:

I've seen some strange-looking computer keyboards around the office. These boards are actually split in half. I already have a wrist pad by my keyboard. Would it make a difference if I got one of the fancy new keyboards?

Answer:

One of the benefits of split computer keyboards is that they help keep your wrists in line with your forearms. This alignment can help ease tension on the wrists and may help prevent wrist problems, such as wrist tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome.

A wrist pad can keep your hands at the same level as your wrists while you type, but it won't prevent your elbows from jutting outward. When your elbows are out, the line between your wrists and forearms gets thrown out of whack. A split computer keyboard is a helpful way to keep your wrists healthy while you work.



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