Constant use of computer keyboards can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. While the use of ergonomic keyboards, wrist pads and mouse pads can help, there are a few things you can do throughout the day to offset the many hours spent on a computer keyboard or other electronic devices that require repetitive motions and lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. These practices are most effective before you develop a problem, so do not wait until the damage is already done. Once you develop carpal tunnel syndrome, surgery may be the only way to fix the problem.
Keeping the muscles stretched and strengthened is key in preventing carpal tunnel syndrome. Several times per day, stretch your arms directly out in front of you with your palms facing forward. Flex your wrist to turn your palm downward. Repeat this 10 to 12 times, stretching the muscles from the back of your hand up to your elbow.
Hold your arms straight out to your sides with your palm facing away from your body. Flex your palm downward, again feeling the muscles stretch up your wrist to your elbows. Repeat this 10 to 12 times. If you stop your typing on the keyboard to do each of these simple exercises a few times throughout the day, the muscles in your wrists, arms and hands will stay looser. This can help ward off the stress and strain that often leads to carpal tunnel syndrome. You can set an alarm on your computer to remind you to do this.