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Are You Using an Ergonomic Mouse?

Are You Using an Ergonomic Mouse?

For those of us who sit at a computer the majority of the day, as long as the mouse is working properly, we give it little thought.  If you are not using an ergonomic mouse, you should pay your mouse more attention. Why?

 

You probably don’t even realize how many times during the day you use your mouse or you just keep your hand sitting on the mouse.  What you may not realize is that serious and chronic conditions can result because of overuse of a traditional mouse.  Keeping your hand in one position required to use a traditional mouse causes the tendons, muscles, and nerves in your hand undue stress and strain.  Over time this repetitive motion can cause tingling, numbness, and chronic pain in the “mouse hand”. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a frequent result of poor mouse use.  The solution is to use an ergonomic mouse. 

 

 

An ergonomic mouse is designed with several functionality in mind.  First it provides safety to the user, to help prevent physical problems in the hand and wrist.  Secondly, it is designed for ease of use and comfort.  An ergonomic mouse is molded and shaped to fit the fingers and hand. Of course top quality performance is incorporated into the design as well.  Many ergonomic manufacturers include extra scrolls and buttons to enhance the performance.

 

 

 

4 Tips for More Productive Mousing

Tip 1: Get the right kind of mouse.  You are no longer tied to the standard wired mouse or even a touch pad on your laptop.  There are a variety of mice out there, and choosing the best one will help you mouse more effectively.  Most important is to choose one that fits your hand comfortably.  Here are a few good options:

Heat Wave- warm fingers are happy fingers

Renaissance- a joy stick hold

Evoluent- a handshake hold

Aerobic- a palm-down hold

Contour- for just the right fit

Tip 2: Keep your mouse within reach. You should keep  your mouse in a position where it is within easy reach and next to your keyboard.  One way to keep your mouse in the right spot is to opt out of the traditional keyboard for a mini or left-handed keyboard.

Tip 3: Don’t grip too tightly. Easy does it, friend, so try out various holds and positions to make sure you’ve found the right grip. Gripping your mouse too hard can cause nerve damage.  

Tip 4: Mouse with your arm, not your hand.  Your elbows should be close to your upper body and you should mouse with your arm, not just your hand.  {Think of doing a sit-up.  It's important to do the work with your abdominal muscles and not your back, neck, or arms.  In this case, make sure you use your arms to power the movements rather than your hands or wrists.}  Mousing with your arm will decrease strain to your hands and wrists.

Following these four tips will help you use your mouse more effectively and therefore increase your productivity {while decreasing potential strain}.