At some point, most writers have experienced some form of pain or cramping while honing their craft. A stiff hand and an ache through the wrist is often associated with writer’s cramp. Contrary to popular belief, however, writer’s cramp is not an overuse syndrome. Instead, it is a problem of lost coordination and control of movement arising in the basal ganglia of the brain. Specific, fine motor skills, such as writing and typing create localized, sustained muscle contractions that cause twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures. When done in an improper position, these movements can lead to the development of repetitive strain injuries or carpal tunnel syndrome. The position of the body and the objects you’re working with play a major role in eliminating the aches and pains you might experience while writing or typing.
Here are some tips for reducing your risk of pain from the book printers at CMYK Graphix :
- Use the lightest grip possible on the pen or pencil you’re using.
- Use a felt-tip pen, gel pen, or roller ball so the tip glides easily over the paper.
- Do not plant your wrist or forearm on the desk. Glide over the surface of the desk using your shoulder to initiate the movement of writing.
- Refrain from slanting your wrists up or down. They should be held slightly higher than the keyboard.
- Keep your shoulders relaxed and elbows unlocked.
- Do not rest your arms on the arm rests of your chair.
- Your feet should be flat on the ground with your knees at a 90 degree angle.
- Your back should be resting against the back of the chair and the lumbar support should fit into the curve of your lower back.
- Arm rests should fit just below your arms when your arms are at a 90 degree angle.
By utilizing these tips you’ll see a vast reduction in the pain and cramping you experience as a writer. For most of us, that also means we’ll be able to write longer and focus more on the task at hand, which means your hard work will be finished and off to the book printer’s sooner than you could imagine. When that time comes, contact the book printers at CMYK Graphix, Inc. to self-publish your masterpiece.
For more information, contact the experts at CMYKGraphix.com by calling them at 1-800-698-2071, or by emailing them today.