"Cold muscles and tendons are at much greater risk for overuse injuries."
—on the occupational disease they call "computer syndrome", from a 2007 Journal (source)
According to doctors and ergonomics professionals, cold temperatures are a possible cause of Musculoskeletal Disorders, including repetitive strain injury.
Keeping your hands warm is a rule of thumb for prevention and gloves or hand warmers are recommended for this reason.
(For more information about MSDs and additional methods for prevention, see source here.)
A 2015 study found a notable decrease of hand skin surface temperature during prolonged work with a computer mouse. (14.8% average decrease with a regular computer mouse over a 3 hour period of work). Moreover, the temperature of fingers became extremely low, close to the ambient temperature (23.6˚C or 74.5˚F) and even slightly lower, after prolonged work at a computer.
Prolonged low temperature and probably impaired blood supply to peripheral tissues in hands may be important contributing factors for the development of tissue damage, e.g., small nerve fibers. A normal body temperature is needed for optimal action of the biochemical reactions in a cell.
(To read more about this study, view the publication online here.)
52.7% of developers spend 9 - 12 hours per day on the computer, 13.2% spend over 12 hours per day on the computer
—according to a Stack Overflow survey in 2018 (source)
With more and more computer-related employment in today's society, it is more important than ever to make ergonomic efforts for our health!
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