Tips When Using Your Mouse
Whether you’re using a regular mouse or an ergonomic mouse, these helpful tips with help in the prevention of mouse related musculoskeletal injuries. A variation of posture is one of the main key factors when working with a mouse. This will help in preventing future ergonomic problems. Here are some suggestions when working with a mouse:
Don’t hold the mouse so tight! It’s not going anywhere. Make an effort to gently hold the mouse while using it.
When you’re using the mouse, be sure to move the mouse from the elbow. Try to avoid using your wrist and make the movement with your elbow. Be sure to keep your wrist straight and at a neutral position.
Also when using the mouse, be sure you’re not stretching to use the mouse. Make sure your arm is relaxed.
Be sure to position the mouse about an inch or two above the keyboard. If you’re right handed, be sure to position the mouse by the numeric keypad portion. There are various adjustable mouse platforms available.
Be sure to avoid restricting circulation. You know the spot on the wrist where a person checks their pulse? If you’re constantly adding pressure to this area, you are disrupting the flow of blood, which could increase the risk of injury.
Avoid wrist rests! Yep you’ve read this right. Avoid the wrist rests. Studies have recently shown that using a wrist rest increases the pressure inside carpal tunnel.
Avoid chairs that restrict arm movement. A chair with the arm wrists could result in a person locking their arms together. When this happens, a person is more likely to use their wrists, which then causes pressure.
Choose a mouse that’s right for you. Not every mouse is made to fit everybody. Some users may have big hands and have a small mouse. Be sure to try out some of the ergonomic mouse that is available to find one that’s right for you.