|Ronni Sandroff Consumer Reports Magazine Health Editor|
Ergonomic keyboards are advertised as the best way to cure typing pain and injuries, but they aren’t. No matter how much money you spend on them or what configuration they’re in, they won’t stop the pain, fatigue, and discomfort. At least, not for long enough. Why? They don’t address the root cause of your pain, and can even make it worse!
The Ergonomic Split Keyboard
(Ergonomic Split Keyboard)
The ergonomic split keyboard is supposed to prevent your hands from twisting, which occurs when you move your hand by itself from the wrist without your forearm moving along with it (shown below). This twisted movement causes wrist pain (usually on the left or right side of the wrist) that can shoot all the way to your elbow and can even cause ganglia (cysts) to form on your wrists.
(Hands Twisting to the Outside — Standard Keyboard)
Some people find the split keyboard helps at first because the hands start in an untwisted position. Unfortunately, while it stops one problem, the ergonomic split keyboard causes two other serious ones:
1- The upper arm and elbow are forced to be held out at angles causing your upper arm to get tired before you even start typing.
2- Furthermore, while typing, you are forced to either:
Using an ergonomic split keyboard will also force you to twist when moving from the keyboard to the mouse (see below).
Contoured and perpendicular keyboards make you tilt your fingers (need photo), hands, and forearms, which throws them off balance, makes typing difficult and unnatural, and can result in severe pain.
Regardless of what manufacturers tell you, the most natural typing position for your hands is having your palms and the bottom of your forearms facing the floor. This gives your fingers the support they need to move quickly and without tension.
The other problem with ergonomic keyboards is they do nothing to address the other five ways you can injure yourself while typing. Similarly, other solutions such as wrist rests, braces, and splints do not work and can even make your pain worse!
First, forget all the fancy, expensive equipment and start with a simple, standard keyboard. They’re ‘standard’ for a reason! This is the only keyboard that will allow you to line up your fingers, hands, and forearms correctly and move them the correct, balanced way to achieve pain-free and effortless typing
The techniques taught in the Healthy Typing Video have been developed from decades of anatomic, biometric, and other medical studies. They’ve been praised and endorsed by many leading medical professionals and have a long list of satisfied and pain-free clients.
The MoveRight System gets right to the root of the pain and discomfort you’re experiencing and teaches you how to move so you can eliminate the pain forever.
This is only the start of what you need to learn about healthy typing. To learn more, watch the complete Healthy Typing Video.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this website, while endorsed by many doctors, were not developed using formal medical training. This video is not a critique of standard computer keyboards and handheld devices, but rather, a discussion of ways to use them more efficiently.