Wrist Rest, Anyone?

We’ve been trying to be more aware of ergonomics issues for adult and student work stations. One suggestion is to purchase a wrist rest for every keyboard. Is this a good idea?

If you do make this purchase, be sure that staff and students understand how to properly use a wrist rest. According to the Cornell University Ergonomics Web, wrist rests should be used to provide support for the forearm, not the wrist! Their recommendation is to use broad, flat wrist rest for this purpose. Be very careful with the soft, cushy type. When used improperly (e.g., as a resting place for wrists), they will reshape to fit the contour of the wrist and actually encourage twisting movements that can be harmful.

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