Wrists and Hands: It’s Not What You Do, It’s How You Do It
That’s why the ergonomic redesign of the workplace—and of garden tools, toys, and mattresses—borders on fraud. Installing a wrist brace on a keyboard or raising the surface of a workbench only shifts the excess friction to another location in the worker’s elbow, wrist, or hand. Before long, the friction will reignite the “fire” elsewhere. The more shoulder involvement in typing or gardening, the better. Assist the muscles of the hand, wrist, and forearm by engaging the upper back and shoulder muscles.
The issue of arthritis needs to be addressed here since the condition can impact elbows, wrists, and hands. One thing that should be understood about arthritis is that once it establishes itself in a joint by causing inflammation and tissue deterioration, the effects are relatively constant. What we mean is that arthritis—whatever it is that causes pain, stiffness, and swelling—does not as a rule turn on and then off. It’s there all the time.
Why then does arthritis pain, in fact, come and go? Because in many cases arthritis pain is really muscular pain. The fix? Eliminate the friction and stress of the joint to allow its proper biomechanical interaction to take place. The functional musculoskeletal system has an amazing capacity to “manage” joint articulation in spite of major obstacles. We shouldn’t assume that arthritis is the exception to this rule.