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I suppose it's better to get a few aches in the wrist than to damage my eyesight though.
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To the OP:Terri2 wrote:Do your hands hurt when your write a lot? Do they hurt when you write by hand? Do they hurt when you type?
What do you do to try and keep them from hurting or cramping?
There are times when my hands hurt. It doesn't matter what I'm doing (typing, writing, drawing, pottery).
The main thing I've learned: treat any pain like a sports injury.
Your hands are made up tons of little muscles, tendons, and bones so it doesn't take much to cause stress and injury. Like any sports injury treat with cooling or heating and then adjust to prevent injury again. This can mean wearing compression gloves/sleeves, stretching, or using an ice pack before or after activity.
I know I sound like a granny but I've stressed my hands a lot. I worked in extreme temperatures that caused muscle stress and the vibrations from tools that caused joint stress. Of course, no one cared to use optional safety gear because only newbs did that (so wrong). No one told me otherwise until later when I met a teacher who actually cared to teach me preventive measures (like the ones mentioned above). So I care too, especially since so much of it can be minimalized or outright avoided.
100WPM! That's awesome and I'm a bit jealous, I usually only get around the 80's unless I'm hyperfocused. I also remember when I had callous from writing (and painting)! Some people thought it was a wart, I would get so offended DxBrandi Noelle wrote:I do most of my writing on my laptop these days, as I type over 100 WPM and can get my thoughts down faster. However, I miss the days of handwriting my work. I filled endless notebooks with stories and poetry as a kid and received a healthy pen callous on my middle finger as a result. I was always kind of proud of that because it was visible proof of my passion.
When I started pottery I lost my callouses. Working with wet clay made it hard to keep. But I still have my slightly misshapen fingers that perfectly hold pens, brushes, etc as evidence of my craft.