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Does Proper Ergonomics Really Help Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Posted by admin on Tue, Sep 04, 2012

Coy Roskosky D.C.


Never discount the power of proper posture and body positioning at your workdesk or home.  So many people sit leaning forward, or pitch their head forward at their desk. The keyboard and mouse may be too high on the desk, causing one to lean towards the sides. This all affects how tight our muscles get, limits our joint motion and presses on nerves!  Poor ergonomics can contribute to wrist pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, or carpal tunnel syndrome. The result is pain- yet we may not attribute it to the ergonomics of our desk.

This is a picture of what proper workstation should look like:


 This should be a picture of you  and your workstation.   I perform ergomonic evaluations for companies and rarely do I ever see a workstation that is a mirror of the picture.  When we stray from proper posture and ergomomics we  develop tingling hand and fingers, wrist pain, achy shoulders, neck pain, hand pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and rounded upper backs. 

Making simple changes like seat height, keyboard placement, a proper chair can make all the difference in these symptoms.  It may feel strange at first, but persevere in sticking with the changes.  It will pay off in the years to come!

If you need an ergonomic evaluation of your workstation and/or need help with any of the symptoms mentioned above please contact me at (202)237-7000.


Coy Roskosky, D.C., is a Doctor of Chiropractic in the Washington D.C. area specializing in chronic pain, sports injuries and sports performance, carpal tunnel syndrome and TMJ. He uses many techniques including Applied Kinesiology (AK), Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT), Active Release Technigue (ART), and Activator in his chiropractic practice at National Integrated Health Associates, NIHA.

Topics: wrist pain, hand pain, ergonomics, integrative health, carpal tunnel