UX & BEYOND BOOK
-The Human side of design
Jan 12, 2024
Twelve years ago, a hand injury almost made me quit my job as a designer. At that time, I was doing a lot of visual design work. I worked 10-12 hours a day and felt enormous pain in my hands and developed tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) and golfer’s elbow.
Mouse wrist pain is a common issue for those who work on computers. I worked too much with a computer mouse and started to develop Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, which was terrible. At some point, I could hardly sleep at night. For me, health is first above all. I was desperate because I also loved designing. I was ready to try anything to fix this problem before quitting.
I tried every treatment. I got multiple steroid injections and expensive massages, but nothing helped. Then I ran into a little hand-held device called Powerball. At that time, I was skeptical of unorthodox methods, and I didn’t really believe that the body could cure itself. But I decided to give it a try anyway due to success stories I’d read about how it worked. Physical therapists mentioned this device as a holy grail for treating hand injuries.
After I bought the device and watched a couple of video tutorials on how to use it, I started with 20 minutes for each hand, and it started to work immediately. After using it for a week, almost all the pain was gone! The device improves blood flow in the arm.
This device saved my career. Whenever I feel any pain in my hands, I use the device again for at least a week. I hope that writing about this tool might help other designers with similar problems.
I have become an advocate of this device, because it can work for any type of hand inflammation.
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