No keyboard stands! The use of sloped keyboards or keyboard stands (the little legs on the bottom of keyboards) requires that we type with our wrists bent up, rather than in a resting/neutral state (wrist extension). This posture, aside from increasing pressure through the carpal tunnel, demands constant activation of the extensor muscles of the forearm which can result in pain, tendinitis and other problems. (more…)

If you are in musculoskeletal pain, the first thing is that you should be applying something, either heat or cold, to the area. The reasons why are complex, but to make it very simple here is the rule of thumb:

If the area is swollen, hot to touch, or red (i.e the signs of inflammation) then apply cold NOT heat. For example you have tripped and torn a ligament in your knee.

Generally acute injuries requiring immediate medical attention need cold therapy. See various other websites for the “RICE” ( Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) procedure for the management of acute injuries.

If there is no swelling, heat or redness i.e. the area is not actively inflammed then apply heat.

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