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Use Ergonomic Mice to Avoid Wrist Injuries

by Amanda Dawson July 22, 2015

Use Ergonomic Mice to Avoid Wrist Injuries

You may hardly pay attention to it, but you are actually doing so many things with your wrists. You need it to swing your tennis racket, type on a computer or laptop, make sure you can properly carry the baby, pick an object, etc.

So just imagine if your wrist gets injured. When that happens, your movements may be severely limited. Wouldn’t it then affect your overall health, lifestyle, relationship, job, and quality of life? For sure, the answer is a resounding yes.

Wrists can get injured for many reasons. When you fall, it is instinct to use your hands for balance. But the weight of the upper body can put a lot of strain on the wrist. You can be in a kitchen and suddenly hurt yourself with a knife, creating a wound in your wrist. Wrists can also get injured when you are playing sports or carrying heavy objects.

But one of the foremost reasons for injuring your wrists is repetitive motions. Two of the common wrist problems, tendinitis (inflammation of the tendons) and Carpal tunnel syndrome characterized by a pinched nerve, are caused by repetitive use of the wrists.

If you spend at least 3 hours a day holding a mouse or typing on a keyboard, then you are vulnerable to wrist injuries. While the best way to avoid the pain is to let your wrists rest for hours, you can support them when working.

Here is how to choose your mouse:

Define your activity.

A gamer’s mouse is different from an office mouse. The former should be comfortable to use for hours of clicking, which you do not necessarily do in an office setting (especially if you are already using a laptop).

Know your grip.

There are different types of grip as well. The most common is the palm grip, where the entire palm rests on the mouse, and you use it to move the device around. There is also the claw grip, where the palms still rest but the fingers form like a claw in front of the mouse. The last one is the finger grip, where the palms are not connected to the mouse, but fingers are used to use and move the device around.

Learn the parts of the mouse: hint extra buttons can be helpful.

These days, mice have become more sophisticated. For example, you will already come across those with scrollers in the middle or extra buttons. Some are wireless, which give your hand more freedom to move. There is also a mouse with joystick or a vertical mouse, where the palm goes around the device.

Do not forget to invest in accessories as well such as a mouse pad. Not only does it add more aesthetics into your workstation, but it also lessens the pressure you have to place on your mouse to make it move.

Lastly, do not be afraid to invest in a good mouse. Ergonomic mouse, for instance, can be more expensive than a regular one. But benefits far outweigh the costs.
Amanda Dawson
Amanda Dawson

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