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ealthy Computing Tips

Healthy Computing: Trim and Fit

© Erik Peper PhD

The following is one in an ongoing series of columns entitled Healthy Computing Tips by Erik Peper PhD. View all columns in series
Optimize your performance and prevent computer-related injuries with Healthy Computing Email Tips. Each week we provide hints to help you stay healthier while working.
When typing, do you hear the clacking of your finger nails? 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 tension because long nails encumber simple movements, resulting in awkward wrist and finger angles. In addition, people with long fingernails tend to sacrifice wrists and joints as they protect 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 your nails TRIM AND FIT.


Observe how you use your hands. Are you protecting your nails? Do you find that your wrists and fingers are at awkward angles when performing fine motor activities? Do the tips of your nails rather than the pads of your fingers strike the keys when typing?

If you answered yes, then its time to trim your nails to maintain wrist, finger and joint fitness. Trim them so that you can easily button clothing, type with finger pads, open doors and perform other fine motor activities without sacrificing your health.

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About The Author
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 State University. He is President of the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe (2005) and past President of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback.......more
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