Recommendation Wanted: Ergonomic Keyboard
I pulled a 17 hour day yesterday of which I was typing probably close to 15 hours. And for the first time since I learned to type in 1978/7? I went to bed with my right hand hurting enough that I iced it down. And it still hurts. So the obvious questions are:
- Do ergonomic / split keyboards really matter?
Note: Can't be USB since my monitor switcher is classic PS/2 interface. Thanks in advance.
As someone who has lived with wrist pain for about 15 years and has used many supposedly ergonic aids I feel reasonably qualified to comment. No, for me ergonomic keyboard have made little appreciable difference to my pain levels. That is to say the kind of ergonomic keyboards you buy for £60 at a computer store. I remain to be persuaded about something like a Kinesis Evolution but then I don't have $600!
Two things have made a difference and you're probably not going to like either of them:
- Type less
- See a qualified practioner
For #1 I use a piece of software called BreakReminder (single license: $25). This monitors my time at the keyboard and forces me to take short breaks (in the order of 30 seconds) every few minutes and then longer breaks (10-15 mins) at lengthier intervals.<%softShadow( "/images/grabs/breakreminder.jpg" )%>
Today I am having moderate pain and am in the middle setting. 10 x 30 second micropause, 4 minutes apart. Followed by a 10 minute rest break. When you work it out this means that in a period of 1hr I am typing for about 45 minutes. That's not too bad (on more painful days I ratched it up and am maybe typing 5-10 minutes less per hour).
I use the short breaks to review my notes, to stretch, allow my eyes to focus on something else (I have noticed less eyestrain since I started using this program). The rest breaks I go make a cup of tea, catch up on reading articles, etc...
For #2 I was going to see a chiropractor on a regular basis however I can't afford to do that now. With money I would be going reguarly (I was up to about every 2 months before I had to stop going).