I'm back in school, taking furious notes on my laptop, and my wrist is killing me! My neck and shoulders have felt a lot better, too. There's nothing I can do about the horrible desks at school (they're too high), but is there anything I can do to get more comfortable? Anyone have suggestions for wrist supports, proper wrist alignment, ways to stretch or relieve neck tension? I've thought about reverting to hand notes, but typing is so much for efficient in the long run (type it once, then I can arrange it however I need for the final).
Wed, September 5, 2007 - 12:41 PMHehe--laser keyboard! www.virtual-laser-keyboard.com/
... if your laptop keyboard is very cramped, or no room for a wrist-rest. The wrist-rests really do help. I'm sort of kidding, because the product is so bizarrely cool... and expensive. Does your laptop have room for a wrist rest if you were to bring one with you?
Taking breaks to strech & roll your wrists at least every 30 minutes will make a huge difference. You can also take arnica gel with you and apply it between classes. That will help with both healing an alleviating the pain. Ice massage, too, at the end of the day, is key.
Wed, September 5, 2007 - 1:12 PMI remember seeing these support gloves in this catalog...
And it doesn't hurt to make sure your equipment is not going to make the condition worse.
Also, finding a hand~therapist could help. They treat the injury with massage, and do ultra sound, etc.. There's a great cream called Topricin that worked great for me ~ www.topricin.com/
Wed, September 5, 2007 - 1:51 PMmy bf ended his 5 year long troubles with tendinitis having Bowen session. Since then Ive had the certification and have seen truly amazing things by this method. I recommend it whole heartedly.
Also what helped me was "piano" posture. Using the weight of the arm to press the fingers instead of having my tendons working overtime.
And check out some wrist exercises
About the gloves, I would check it with a doctor or a physio first, because that kind of "help" can sometimes make the muscles even weaker giving you more trouble in the long run!
Wed, September 5, 2007 - 9:29 PMI have chronic tendonitis in my wrists & I've learned that coffee can make it a lot worse. If you drink it, you might want to stop just until it's healed anyway. I had to stop altogether about 10 years ago & it makes me sad!! I used to have it sent from Peet's after I moved out here & everything. Poo.
I had some luck with biomagnets, too. You can stick them in a wrist brace or I think they even make bracelets now. I can't remember the theory behind how they work, but I think they did somewhat. Also, a copper bracelet relieves inflammation a lot.