In this primer we cover everything you need to know about how to install a SteadyType keyboard tray on a treadmill desk.
Keyboard Tray Ergonomics
Placing your keyboard directly on your desk causes two big issues. You need to fix both to have correct keyboard tray ergonomics.
The first issue is height. Without a keyboard tray, most desktops are too high to type without strain. Essentially all under-desk keyboard trays will solve this issue.
The second issue is tilt. For your wrists to be correctly aligned, your keyboard should be at a negative tilt of around 15° when you’re sitting, up to 30° when standing, and even more when walking at a treadmill desk.
Keyboard trays are also vital for wrist health. The wrist is one of the most commonly stressed joints in office workers, often manifesting as carpal tunnel syndrome. All of the tendons that move the fingers run through the carpal tunnel, which is covered with the transverse carpal ligament.
When the wrist is straight with the forearm, these tendons run smoothly through the tunnel and function perfectly. However, if the wrist is put in an angled position to the forearm (too much flexion, extension or deviation) these tendons are stressed and can push up against the median nerve, causing pain and discomfort.
The traditional keyboard tray’s limitation of -15° (or at most -20°) of tilt is suboptimal for standing users, and severely so for treadmill desk users. Typing angles of -30° to -45° are far more neutral from a musculoskeletal standpoint, and not problematic since the tray cannot run into the user’s lap when they aren’t sitting in a chair.
Look for keyboard trays that have SteadyType (e.g. the iMovR SteadyType Exo) for ideal ergodynamics.
Check out these articles by our staff experts on keyboard tray ergonomics to make sure you understand what an ergonomic keyboard tray can, and should, do for you.
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