Repetitive Strain Injury, Cumulative Trauma Disorder, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – Infrared Heat Therapy
Don’t laugh, there’s a list of new, warm, USB infrared heated computer gadgets available to help prevent the onset of repetitive strain injuries like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. So, instead of causing problems, the computer may actually be helping us! Have you ever heard of a Warm Mouse? or a Heated Mouse Pad? a Heated Keyboard Pad? or a Mouse Hand Warmer? These items provide healing heat to your cold computer hands. It’s a proactive approach to the prevention of computer-related hand injury.
Many people suffer from hand and arm injuries due to overusing the computer mouse hand and keyboard hands. It’s referred to as Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) and Cumulative Trauma Disorder (CTD). The most common form of the condition is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS).
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when the median nerve running from the arm to the hand gets squeezed near the wrist. The median nerve deals with the palm side of the thumb, most of the fingers and some muscles in the hand. The area called the “carpal tunnel” is a narrow area of ligament and bone at the base of the hand that holds the median nerve and some tendons. When the median nerve gets squeezed, it usually causes pain, tingling, numbness and weakness in the hand, wrist and arm.
The onset of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is gradual. So, taking a proactive approach to this type of condition is the smart thing to do. There are things a person can do to help decrease the chance of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and possibly prevent it altogether.
The most obvious health tips include relaxing the hand’s grip on objects like the computer mouse, exercising the hands and arms instead of sitting in the same position for long hours, creating a healthy ergonomic computer work area, sitting properly, holding the arms properly when using computer devices, and keeping the hands using the computer warm.
Keeping the hands warm has always been a challenge until now. There are USB computer mice, mouse pads and keyboard pads creating an energy-efficient and cost-effective source of infrared heat for our cold computer hands. These items are made using a carbon fiber and they generate a deep penetrating infrared heat. Infrared heat is the same as the natural heat rays from the sun without the harmful UV sun rays. It penetrates deep through the skin’s layers into the muscle tissue. And, along the way, the infrared heat dilates blood vessels, removes toxins from the blood cells and improves blood circulation.
Infrared therapy can help prevent the onset of hand injuries and improve hand injury conditions. Heat therapy has been safely used for thousands of years throughout the world and in all walks of life producing positive, measurable results. Studies indicate about 20-30 minutes of infrared heat therapy daily is helpful in preventing and helping hand injuries.
Whenever heat is an approved treatment, infrared heated computer products will help. The warm mouse relaxes the hand muscles and reduces tension and stress. The heated mouse pad creates a warm mouse hand surface for the wrist, fingers and thumb areas. The heated computer keyboard pad provides ergonomic support for the hands over the the keyboard. The warm heat provides a comfortable work pad for hands, wrists and arms.
Carpal Tunnel, and any of the other hand and arm related strain injuries are serious conditions. Being more aware of these conditions and creating an infrared heated, ergonomic, computer work area are the first steps in using the computer wisely.