ergonomic keyboard/lapdesk for use on lap?
July 8, 2013 1:02 PM Subscribe
What ergonomic keyboard or lapdesk I can use on my lap, while sitting on my couch, to reduce RSI pain in my wrists and forearms?
posted by incandescentman to computers & internet (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Looks like I have cubital tunnel syndrome, which manifests itself in my case as pain in my forearm from my ring finger to my elbow (and tenderness and tingling when I press it). I've been wearing an elbow splint at night to keep my elbow straight while I'm sleeping, but so far it hasn't helped. I'm wondering if typing might be causing/exacerbating it.
I use a MacBook Pro, on which I type for 12+ hours a day while sitting on my couch. I sometimes set up my external monitor on a monitor stand in front of the couch, but I don't mind angling my notebook screen up a bit and looking down at it while I type. I am open to the idea that I might be doing many things wrong at once.
They say cubital is caused by resting the ELBOWS on hard surfaces, which I do not do, but i DO type with my wrists resting on my MacBook like this:
The point of contact against the notebook's unibody is the point where my wrist meets my palm on the outer edge, if you drew a line from the pinky, here:
I was thinking maybe if I take the pressure off my wrist it could help with the pain. I live in a small Brooklyn apartment and I'd prefer not to have to get a desk if possible. Can I continue to work sitting on my couch?
Maybe it makes more sense just to buy an ergonomic keyboard like this: http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Natural-Ergonomic-Keyboard-4000/dp/B000A6PPOK or even this:
(though I really wish it had a trackpad in the middle there!)
I'd actually prefer not to have to carry a keyboard, since I work a lot in coffee shops (where I also usually find a couch). Can I even use an external keyboard on my lap, or would I run into the same problem?
- wear some kind of ergonomic wristband like this: http://www.amazon.com/CarpalMate-Professional-Carpal-Wrist-Support/dp/B000JET8XC
- get individual gel wrist wrests, one for each wrist, and stick them on my MacBook. Like these: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0017D9AVY/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A2P0IMBKY7X8NS
- pain is in my left arm only, so it's not caused by trackpad or clicking, which I do with my right hand
- I use Emacs, which is keyboard only (and my capslock key is remapped to act as ctrl), but I do use trackpad for some things, such as scrolling web pages or selecting lines from PDF documents for copy-paste, and I do find it very convenient to have the trackpad right there between my hands
- I prefer my trackpad to a mouse