Repetitive Strain Injuries – the musculoskeletal and nervous system disorders caused by repetitive movements – are on the rise, especially in those that use computers for their jobs. These Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSIs) frequently affect the wrist, hands, shoulders, and other body parts commonly impacted by typing; the biggest culprit behind RSIs and other computer-related pain is the keyboard.
Over 60% of office works suffer from wrist pain, and over half of those workers cite the ergonomics of their keyboard as the source of their pain. If that isn’t reason enough to look into other keyboard solutions to minimize and eliminate pain and RSIs, one of the following reasons is sure to resonate with you!
What is a Split Keyboard?
Like the name suggests, a split keyboard is a keyboard that has the ability to split down the middle. This flexibility allows users to straighten their wrists, arms, and shoulders, leading to a more comfortable working position. In fact, the more comfortable a worker is at their computer, the more productive they are likely to be!
Goldtouch Split Keyboards differ from other split keyboards on the market for a few reasons.
- They are slim, lightweight, and portable, making them the perfect addition to the modern workflow.
- The keyboard can be adjusted from 0 to 30 degrees on both the horizontal and vertical planes, allowing the user to find their unique working position.
- We offer both wired and bluetooth versions for your office.
- Our mobile keyboards come in a slimmer form factor for portability.
- They’re notably durable and have completed extensive drop and temperature testing.
Now that you have a better understanding of what a split keyboard is and how the Goldtouch Split Keyboard compares, let’s take a look at reasons you should use a split keyboard.
1. Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
As we mentioned above, one of the leading causes of RSIs, and more specifically, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, is the incorrect and excessive use of standard keyboards. These injuries can lead to crippling pain that is frequently cited in workers’ compensation cases. However, because a split keyboard gives the user the flexibility they need to work comfortably, there is no forcing of the wrists in awkward and unnatural positions, which reduces the chances of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
2. Eradicate Ulnar Deviation
While you may not have heard of Ulnar Deviation before, ergonomists are intimately familiar with this awkward position. Ulnar Deviation is the formal phrase to describe wrist contraction caused by the wrist being bent in an outwards position. Specifically, Ulnar Deviation causes the Carpal Tunnel in the wrist to contract, which reduces blood flow and increases pressure to the median nerve – this can be extremely painful.
A split keyboard allows you to keep your keyboard at a shoulder’s width apart (the natural position needed to eliminate Ulnar Deviation. Split keyboards can also be splayed (placed in an upside-down V-shape), which gives you the opportunity to keep your wrists straight, but your elbows rotated out. Experiment with both positions of the split keyboard to find the one that is most comfortable for your workflow.
3. Decrease Arm Pronation
The use of a traditional keyboard causes users to pronate their arms and wrists, which reduces blood circulation and can lead to injury. A split keyboard eliminates the pronation by allowing you to place your thumbs at a slightly higher position. This specific placement is known as “tenting,” and even minimal tenting can have a large impact on arm and wrist pronation.
4. Disrupts Conventional Work Spaces
Although disruption can have a negative connotation, in this instance, it’s a positive attribute! Split keyboards allow you to arrange your workflow in a variety of creative and comfortable positions. Consider adding a numeric keypad, tablet, or notepad between the sides of your keyboard, or just enjoy the extra desk space you now have access to. With a split keyboard, you have the opportunity to fully customize your workspace – over and over again!
While we certainly hope that the reasons above are enough to convince you to try out a split keyboard for yourself, keep in mind there are truly dozens of reasons to use a split keyboard. No matter if you’re currently experiencing wrist or arm pain, are looking to prevent RSIs, or you’re attracted to the flexibility of a split keyboard, you certainly won’t be disappointed.
For the gold standard in the ergonomic industry, select from one of our Goldtouch split keyboards. Browse our entire selection online today!