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03-04-2012, 06:51 AM
Intuos is not that much different from the pencil/pen we use.(which we are using for a long time)
When you are working with the Tablet, Always consider the desktop arrangement the top priority.
The relationship between your monitor and drawing tablet is very critical.
keep your keyboard, track ball (or mouse), and drawing tablet as close to each other as possible to avoid large arm movements or reaching.
Sitting posture along with the table positioning can put a lot pressure when you are drawing.So fix that thing when you are working digitally.
Use only a small portion of the drawing tablet(if you have a large Intuos) as the "active" area as this will allow you to use your fingers instead of your wrist to cover a large area on the monitor. Limiting arm and wrist movement will prevent conditions like you mentined.
Get the good worksation mount that will help with the ergonomics.
And see these links which will guide you
Exercises and physio-therapy can improve these condition
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03-04-2012, 09:30 PM
I have fibromalygia with other things so I've had to problems figuring out how to get my space to be comfortable. I get a lot of pain in my wrists, arms and back, neck... really anywhere I'm bending and moving a lot and I've found that too much leaning and bending (bad posture) will put excessive strain on your wrists/arms. For me, it wasn't easy to realize it was a problem at first because I'm used to working through the pain, but it's caused enough of a problem that I quit using my computer for a while
Long story short, I really love my tablet and I had to do a little experimentation to find a solution. These are the things that weren't helping me...
For one, I have a really large/tall desk that is executive size. I'm a petite person so most desks are really tall for me so I'm having to spread my body across it to get to stuff. You can only imagine the unnatural positions this caused when painting and my intuos 4 large used to lay flat because it was just too big for lap work. I was worried about the ports becoming broken too since mine was one of the earlier models I picked up on the release date.
What I did is I went to Microcenter and picked up a laptop stand for $5 (They have a $10 version in the store, it's the exact same item though weird). It's just a basic non-cooling tilted stand and I sit my i4 large on top. I had to make a little bit of modification to it since it rotates, I put a piece of tape on the bottom to stop it. I also found some of the rubber things that a lot of keyboards and such come with, so I found an old keyboard I wasn't using and pulled a couple off to put it on the lip on the bottom to keep it from sliding. Now it's propped up 24/7 and I can move it with the stand. It's kinda like having a mini Cintiq, hehe
Because the tilting was directly on the text and sitting higher than my waist, it helped take the pressure off my shoulder, which then took the pressure off my elbow and I found I wasn't straining my wrist nearly as much to work on detail work. Before I was getting sharp pains and pulling muscles in my shoulders because I was trying to anchor my elbow and pivot my wrist which was really not helping.
I got better line control out of this because it's propped in front of me instead of under me and this kept me from straining trying to correct my work. I can use my arm now for lines which is perfect for what I bought the Large for in the first place.
I also put a couch pillow on my chair so that I'm sitting higher lol. I raised myself high enough off my chair so that I'm not lowering my elbow too far and not leaning to work. I also don't want to bend my neck...I'll probably buy another desk after I move in a month or so though since this desk is still too tall for me. And it's not the best solution sitting on couch pillows all the time
Long story short, I think posture has a lot to do with arm strain sometimes... your wrists are worse than mine though it's not my joints that are the issue, it's muscles. I've taken up very light weights (8 lb), stretching and I did swimming this past winter to try to get my endurance up, and then walking. I understand your doctor saying you can't do much exercise wise for your wrists, but I know whatever little you can do does help... what's weird is I type 140 WPM with proper home-row keys and I used to code. I have used tablets for 10+ years and I've never developed full-blown carpal tunnel.
You mention the tablet causing some issues, but don't forget about your keyboard. If you don't have a keyboard with a wrist bar, that'll cause strain. A wrist pad helps for you to have a place to rest when you type. Every little bit you're not adding to it per day helps. I also had hand braces for a while, but this was with some minor wrist/hand pain I had a few years back... don't know if it was signs or carpal tunnel or not but the hand braces seemed to help.
You could look into taking Glucosamine Chondroitin regularly, as it will help lubricate your joints and this may even help with your wrists where it sounds like a lot of your problems are with muscle and bone? It's not very expensive and it's used commonly for that sort of thing. It'll also help if you exercise and I think it helps with injury sometimes too.
Article about it: http://www.howtodothings.com/health-...pplements.html
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03-05-2012, 07:16 AM
As what SayasPerception said regarding the importance of Keyboard and Palm Rest
Also look at the following Ergonomics Furniture with different adjustable settings...
I think working digitally can be less hectic as you don't have to move your hands that much...
In digital medium everything is on the click of the button which make things less cumbersome.(use Lots of Macros and shortcuts)
Furniture like this will surely help!
And i hope to see more of your digital work now!
Acupuncture and Acupressure should help you
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