Proper Posture When You Are Typing

How can I avoid hand pain and bad posture when doing the typing practice?


Things like optimizing your posture, making sure you have good equipment to work with, and talking to a doctor if you start to feel unusual pain will help you save yourself a lot of wrist ache.

This article explains some more steps you can take to save your wrists:

Don’t forget to shake out those wrists!

Best Regards,
Lyka Remeticado
Community Associate at Typesy

Hello, @viktoriamercer!

Great question - we don’t want anyone experiencing unnecessary aches and pains!

As with any physical movement, too much can cause strain. While you should never be typing long enough to cause issues, there are ways to ensure proper posture when typing. Sit with your feet flat on the floor and your back straight. Shoulders should be relaxed and elbows bent no tighter than 90°.

Always check that you are holding your wrists in a neutral position, with the thumb running parallel to the forearm, the wrist bending only slightly upwards. If you feel your wrist hitting the keyboard or desk, reposition. Many detached keyboards have extendable legs, but it actually makes more ergonomic sense to keep keyboards flat against the surface of the desk. Wrist pads may come in handy when it’s time to rest, but their presence may entice you to develop bad posture when typing. Having the keyboard tipped up or having a wrist pad may cause you to angle your wrists too harshly, leading to discomfort.

And of course, practice healthy habits like taking typing breaks and properly stretching hands and fingers!

Alex (The Reimagined Classroom Teacher)