Will mastering touch typing reduce effects of Carpl Tunnel?

Hi, is it true that mastery in touch typing may reduce bad effects of CTS?

Hi Harper,

People who’ve mastered touch typing know how to touch type with minimum wrist and finger fatigue and know how to type with their neck and shoulders relaxed. Touch typing ergonomics safeguard you from carpal tunnel syndrome and other forms of wrist pain and damage.

Best Regards,
Aidan Bernales
Community Moderator at Typesy

Hello, @harpermercado!

I’m not convinced touch typing completely eliminates risk of CTS, but I can say from personal experience that it definitely helps lessen the effects.

I suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in my right wrist. When it flares up, due to over activity, typing can certainly become uncomfortable. Whenever I can start to feel a flare up coming on, I simply wear a wrist brace for a few days. A metal bar in the brace keeps my wrist in a neutral position. Giving my wrist a break from movement always seems to take care of the problem. I’ll sometimes wear the brace preemptively as well, if I know I will be moving my hands and arms a lot, like, if I know I’m in for a long day of typing.

I was initially a self-taught typist, and I know my lack of proper posture and hand positioning when typing added to the development of my CTS. Now knowing the touch typing technique, and having learned of the proper ways to hold my body, I find myself getting flare ups far less.

Hope that helps!
Alex (The Reimagined Classroom Teacher)