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 Healthy Computing: Keep Them Short 
 
The following is one in an ongoing series of columns entitled Healthy Computing Tips by . View all columns in series
Do you type with the tips of your fingernails? Do you find yourself straining to use the sides of your fingers when buttoning your blouse or when opening doors? If so, your fingernails may be too long. Excessively long nails usually increase hand, arm, neck and shoulder tensions because the person has to change her finger positions in order to protect the nails. Consequently, the joints of the fingers and wrists cannot be placed in neutral positions when typing, mousing, buttoning or doing other fine motor activities. Stop sacrificing your health, save money and become fashionable when you KEEP THEM SHORT.

HOW TO KEEP THEM SHORT:

Observe how you use your hands. Check if you are protecting your nails while performing hand movements or if you hit the keys with the tips of your fingernails.

If you are protecting your nails, trim them short enough so that you can easily type with the finger pads without the nails hitting the keys.

Copyright 2002 Erik Peper, Ph.D. and Katherine Hughes Gibney

      
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Erik Peper, Ph.D. is an international authority on biofeedback and self-regulation. He is Professor and Co-Director of the Institute for Holistic Healing Studies, Department of Health Education, at San Francisco......moreErik Peper PhD
 
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