When thinking of my past injuries, which include tendonitis, sprained wrist, carpal tunnel syndrome and a host of others, it occurred to me that most of these injuries could have been prevented by what my mother called moderation.
In a recent blog, Marji Hajic, a certified hand therapist from California, agrees. Her 4 E’s of hand injury prevention:
1. ERGONOMICS – using body mechanics and common sense when completing tasks to avoid excessive wear and tear.
2. EXERCISE – WARM-UP and STRETCHING – It’s just as important to stretch the hands before and during a strenuous hand-related workout as it is to stretch hamstrings before running.
3. EDUCATION – learn how to “address” the keyboard – posture, wrist position, finger position. Even the length of your fingernails can affect hand health.
4. ENERGY – healthy hand habits will not only prevent injury but help the body heal from strenuous hand workout sessions.
Read more about the 4 E’s of hand health at Marji’s blog, http://handpain.blogspot.com
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