We’ve been told we type loudly — we blame our heavy fingers on learning to type on a manual typewriter. Though we may never thoroughly adjust to touch screens and laptop keyboards, our fingers no longer hurt after a lot of typing. However, extended time in front of the computer can cause new issues, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, which women are three times more likely to develop than men. We’ve seen the typical wrist rests and cushions, but we were intrigued by the iBracelet ($10.99) from Wellgate for Women, which specializes in women-specific pain-relief products, such as wrist, ankle and knee supports. The support looks like a bracelet of large beads — available in white pearl, black pearl or violet — but is made of a soft, pliable material.
Designed to look like jewelry, the iBracelet encourages proper wrist support by elevating the wrist while typing. New York City physical therapist Megan Barclay, who is part of the Wellgate Orthopedic Women Team, recommends a wrist support for typing or other repetitive motion. Unfortunately, those who already have carpal tunnel or wrist issues still need a traditional brace wrist support. The iBracelet is free for a limited time with the purchase of another Wellgate item online. Wellgate products also can be found at Target, Walmart and other retailers.
We like the idea of a not-so-obvious wrist support just for women. Do you think you’d be more likely to use a wrist support that looks more like a bracelet?