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Tips for Choosing & Using an Ergonomic Mouse

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How many emails do you send a day? How many windows do you open and close in the course of working 8 hours? How many Facebook updates or tweets do you post? More than likely a lot. The fact of the matter is that even when 5 o'clock comes round, most people get back online at home. Whether it's to finish left-over work, catch up on blogs and Facebook, or just to play on the Internet, our computers take a beating- and so do our bodies. Today, we're gin to focus on mouse use. Like all things, mousing correctly is the key to good health. Read below for some tips about using and choosing an ergonomic mouse.

Choosing & an Ergonomic Mouse

  • Shape: Most mice are not shaped to fit your actual hand- hence their name- they resemble mice and your hands do not. Thus, you have to grip the mouse which can lead to muscle fatigue and tendon problems (such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome). Thus, it's important to buy an ergonomic mouse that actually fits your hand.
  • Overall size: Choose a mouse that is big (or small) enough to support your hand.
  • Right and left hand compatibility- Your mouse should be compatible with your dominant hand. If you are a leftie, no reason not to go for a left-handed mouse.
  • Wrist Position: Your wrist needs to be in a neutral position it shouldn't have to twist awkwardly to use the mouse (or anything on your desk for that matter). By choosing an ergonomic mouse that fits your dominant hand properly, you should be able to avoid causing strain on your carpal tunnel, wrist tendons and ligaments. In fact, the movement of the mouse should be controlled by your elbow, not your wrist (see below) The Evoluent Mouse supports your hand in a fully upright handshake position that eliminates the forearm twisting required by ordinary mice.
  • Motion: Ergonomic mice can protect your from RSI by incorporating buttons and scrolling options on the mouse itself, thus eliminating the back and forth and jerky movements a generic mouse requires.

Using an Ergonomic Mouse

Once you've chosen the best ergonomic mouse for you, follow these tips to ensure you are using it correctly.

  • Be gentle. Easy does it. There's no reason to grip the mouse too tightly. Mouse it gently over the mousing surface.
  • Mouse from the Elbow. Instead of flicking your wrist to mouse, pivot from the elbow in a controlled way.
  • Positioning. Using good ergonomic posture, get comfortable, relaxing your arms. Then, raise your mousing hand, pivoting at the elbow, until your hand is just above elbow level. Your mouse should be positioned somewhere around this point- NOT 6 inches to the right of your keyboard. In fact, try a left-handed keyboard if you don't need access to the key pad on the right. That way you can better position your mouse nice and snugly in.