Before I begin, I want to mention two things which always come up when I talk to people about my experience.
First, you need to help yourself by modifying the activities which caused you to get into "carpal tunnel trouble" in the first place. For instance, I messed myself up by typing for a dozen years on the standard "straight" keyboard shipped with most new computers, instead of on a curved "split" keyboard now sold via Amazon. Of course, it wasn't entirely my fault. Split keyboards weren't widely available until the mid-1990s. As part of my cure, I purchased the original version of the Microsoft Natural Keyboard Elite. Later, I bought the updated model of Microsoft's Elite split keyboard which was much lighter and therefore put less strain on my wrists when I picked it up. This was step number one.
Step number two was typing on my lap. That's right. I don't put the keyboard on a table or a desk. I put it on my lap so that the angle is completely relaxed in relationship to my arms and wrists. This habit began by accident, and partly out of necessity, because I use three computers to do my various tasks. And each of them has its own keyboard. Yes, I know there are other solutions which involve one keyboard and a bunch of wires, but I prefer to change from split keyboard to split keyboard as I go through my routine. And the only practical way to deal with the situation (and the fact I have 23-inch flat-panel monitors from which I must sit at least three feet away to see them comfortably) is to type on my lap. And it works! No more strain.
So the point is that a combination of the M BRACE RCA™ Carpal Tunnel Treatment Wrist Supports (one for each wrist), lightweight split keyboards, and a natural typing position all contribute to my ability to keep the carpal tunnel demons away.
My name is David Beadle. I have been typing since I was six-years old. I started by using the "hunt and peck" method so beloved of newspaper and wire service writers back in the 1950s. My understanding is that they never developed Carpal Tunnel Syndrome on their "Loyal Royals" because at the end of each line, they had to take a break and pull on the carriage return lever to get to the next one.
With the advent of electric typewriters, I became faster to the point where my speed exceeded 100 words per minute on an IBM Selectric with the rotating type ball rather than traditional individual type bars. I got into significant difficulty while using an IBM personal computer, on which machine I had to write about 5,000 words a week via a straight computer keyboard.
Eventually, I noticed that my right wrist and hand were going to sleep. Then, the same thing happened to my left hand. I began to rub the spot right where the wrist connects to the back of the hand, but it didn't help. Finally, I rubbed the hair right off.
I knew I was in deep trouble because if I could not type, I would not be able to make money to support my family. So, I went down to the local pharmacy and bought a bulky latex/foam wrist brace with a plastic stabilizer to support my palm. But nothing happened, except that I got a rash from the material! I then put a block of wood against my keyboard to change the angle. I raised my computer monitor. I lowered my computer monitor. I raised my chair. I lowered my chair. I tried a chair with arms. A chair without arms. Nothing was working.
I was becoming desperate. I called a medical supply store. Then another. On my third try, I heard about a chiropractor in Shrewsbury MA who reportedly had invented a device to help with my problem. The supplier didn't carry it because it didn't look "medical" enough. It wasn't big and fancy and expensive. But it might work.
I obtained the chiropractic office telephone number and called the same afternoon. I spoke with a receptionist and she said I could buy this "M BRACE RCA™" but I would have to wait a week if they shipped it to me. I said I didn't have a week. I wanted to come and get it in person. Within an hour, I was in the office. I asked her how and why they worked. She said she didn't have the faintest idea. And she said it didn't matter how. They just did! I placed my cash on the counter for a pair and strapped them onto my wrists. Within a day, the pain and numbness began to fade away.
I then recognized my keyboard was adding to the problem. So, I called a computer mail-order company (this was before the Internet was widely available) and they sent me the Microsoft Natural Keyboard Elite which had just come onto the market a short time earlier.
With my M BRACE RCA™ units and my keyboard, I was back in business. No numbness, no pain. The hair grew back on the tops of my wrists. I actually increased my typing workload to 10,000 words per week and was still fully functional. It was like magic.
One evening, while taking off my braces to go to bed, I looked down at them lying on the nightstand and realized that this incredible invention needed to become public knowledge. So, the next day, I called inventor Dr. Mark Davini and his wife Linda on the phone and they welcomed my enthusiasm. It took two years for them to get everything into place, but I was finally able to establish a web presence in 1998 and I was off and running to tell everyone on the Internet about this incredible patented wrist-pain solution.
By the way, Dr. Davini spent nearly a quarter-century in active practice as a Massachusetts-licensed chiropractor with a "DABCN" designation which stands for Diplomate, American Board of Chiropractic Neurologists. In addition, he is a past Chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Chiropractors and has served as Chairman of the Ethics Committee for the Massachusetts Chiropractic Society.
Back in the "old" days, you had to see a chiropractor who knew about the M BRACE RCA™ to become the proud owner of these devices. Now, you can obtain two of them directly without a prescription for less than the price of most doctor office visits.
I can tell you unequivocally that if it were not for my M BRACE RCA™ units, I would be a basket case. But because I wear them every day (from the minute I arise to the moment I retire for the day), I am pain free. And when I take them off, I can feel a "tingle" in my right wrist which reminds me that they will probably be with me until the end of my life or until I stop typing, whichever occurs first. And because I love my job, I think I will be buried with them on!
Obviously, everyone is different. But I'm living testimony that the M BRACE RCA™ works, and I want to make sure everybody has the same opportunity I have had to continue participating in gainful employment.
M BRACE RCA™ units are not just for typing. They are utilized by factory workers involved in performing repetitive hand motions, musicians, toll collectors, sports enthusiasts and others in occupations where wrist strain can become a problem.
As they said in the original "Blues Brothers" movie, I'm on a mission. Thanks for visiting!