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Alan Kogosowski

shares the secrets of an experienced concert pianist in dealing with the problems of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Tendinitis caused by the use of computer keyboard and mouse.
Repetitive Strain Injury, as it is officially known, has many names, but basically it is the pain and possible partial paralysis of the hand and wrist that is affecting thousands and thousands of computer users at home and in the workplace.
The New York Times claimed several years ago that the average person faces a one-in-ten chance of developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. This figure has now greatly increased due to the exponential growth of computer use, and especially among those who work continuously with at a computer keyboard.
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Carpal Tunnel

The Carpal Tunnel is the area under a ligament (a tough, elastic band of tissue that connects bones and organs in place) in front of the wrist. The median nerve, which passes through the carpal tunnel, supplies the thumb side of the hand. Repetitive movements of the hand and wrist can cause inflammation of structures (such as tendons and their coverings) that surround the median nerve. The inflammation may compress this nerve, producing numbness, tingling, and pain in the first three fingers and the thumb side of the hand - a condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome.