Originally Posted by Sujeto 1
Hello, i play FPS games several hours at day, as you may know this bring a lot of stress to hands. However recently im playing much more since im in vaction, my hands and specially my joints fingers tend to hurt a lot, i stretch my fingers several times at day, i apply dencorub and massages but always pain come back after play and chat. Mouse hand don't hurt too much but also hurt.
My keyboard is the one of my signature, i'm starting to believe this keyboard has something to do with. Anyway, i was wondering which kind of keyboard help to not get so much pain, but still give me perfomance in game and chat.
I used to play 12+ hours per day on a really crappy cheap keyboard and I had pain but I discovered that it was my technique and my hand position. I'll try to explain:
To start with, I needed to make sure that my palms were facing straight down to the floor (as much as possible). If they faced inward at all, then I'd end up with pain.
Another thing I had to do was make sure my fingers were a little straighter (kind of like you'd have to do if you had long fingernails or something). If I let them curl too much, then I would eventually end up with pain.
Yet another thing I had to do was put my keyboard up on a higher surface so that I didn't have an upward bend at the wrist. An upward bend is where the back of the hand is higher than the wrist. That's very bad. So, I also collapsed the 'feet' on the keyboard.
So I ended up putting the keyboard up on my desk which is above elbow height for me. It's really about bicep height because it's in between elbow height and shoulder height. This made my hands feel better; it felt like my blood was flowing through my hands better too.
So, I don't think it's the keyboard: I think it's the way you're doing it because I had a really bad keyboard but I was able to get away from the pain by changing my technique and position. Even today if I forget to keep both palms pointing straight down (as much as possible), then my left hand tends to face the palm slightly inward and I end up with less keyboard precision and I later end up feeling pain.
Still, another critical thing is taking regular breaks of a minimum of 15 minutes. There's a reason why this is called a "repetitive stress injury". Taking regular breaks for a minimum of 15 minutes means it will be less repetitive.
So, I think that all of these things should be looked at because it helped me tremendously.Edited by TwoCables - 8/7/13 at 12:12am