The Upside to Ergonomic Mousing
There’s a lot that today’s workers do to stay fit and healthy, whether they jog to the office, squeeze in a long walk at lunch, head to a post-work yoga session, or eat healthily even on the go.
But what if there was something employees could do to power their health and work lives without even leaving their desks? With some simple steps and attention paid to the ergonomics of employee workstations, organizations can help improve employee morale by promoting healthy postures and reducing the toll that repetitive movements takes on the musculoskeletal system.
For a simple way to get started, look no further than your desktop mouse. Mousing requires tight, controlled, precise motions that the body wasn’t built to perform hundreds if not thousands of times per day. Combine this with a natural tendency to keep the hand extended on a mouse long after a mousing task is completed, and you have a situation where the muscles are never allowed to rest. This results in continual abduction, excessive wrist extension, finger strain, and constant activation of the shoulder muscle. These issues are only exacerbated when using a one-size-fits-all, or should we say, one-size-fits-no one, mouse, which an employee may need to stretch or constrain themselves to use.
Employees who use a laptop trackpad, which can only be navigated by straining and stretching the tendons and joints of the wrist and fingers, will also find themselves in pain.
Because everything in the human body is connected, how an employee holds their wrist has whole-body consequences. Non-ergonomic mousing generally puts employees at higher risk of developing Repetitive Strain Injuries across the body, from carpal tunnel syndrome in the wrists to radiating injuries in the shoulder, neck, and back.
Companies who proactively address these issues not only do a great thing for their employees, they protect the bottom line. Employees who feel comfortable at work are more productive and efficient, have lower rates of absenteeism, need less time off for costly surgeries to address the issues they’ve developed at work, and generally have higher morale.
That makes an ergonomic mouse a solid investment for both employees and employers.
The FlexMouse™: Ergonomic Mousing that Just Clicks
The FlexMouse is fully adaptable to every employee, with small, medium, large, and extra large backs to suit a wide range of hand sizes. This allows employees to customize their mousing experience, reducing the need to strain in any one direction in order to point and click. This customized support is designed to keep the hand with the fingers slightly cupped and splayed with the thumb forming a C-shape with the index finger. This, in turn, keeps wrist pronation neutral with a 24-degree slope, which is what you would find in a weightless environment. “Weightless” here indicates that there is no strain or pressure put on the wrist. This natural, non-flexed, at rest position ensures mousing can be done safely and effectively throughout longer periods of the day without risking the health of the wrist, fingers, joints, and tendons, or any associated muscles or tendons radiating across the body.
The FlexMouse’s different backs can also be swapped out to help employees perform different types of tasks. For instance, smaller backs can be used for tasks that require more precision, while larger backs can provide more comfort while an employee is doing more generalized mousing. Four buttons ensure clicking is always within reach and without strain.
Beyond ergonomics, the FlexMouse offers a best in class experience across all mouse types. Wired and wireless versions allow for maximum choice and customization, as employees can choose their preferred working style. Take the FlexMouse on the go, or keep it tethered to a desktop in the office. The wireless FlexMouse works with any embedded or third party Bluetooth adapter for quick and easy setup and is simple to pair in a few steps. Whatever options employees choose, the FlexMouse is ready and eager to adapt to their preferences and needs.
Adjustable DPI optical sensors for a precise and speedy mousing experience. The wired FlexMouse offers 800, 1200, 1600, and 2000 DPI, while the wireless has 1000, 1600, and 2000 DPI. Both are compatible with Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.
Finding the Right Fit For You
With its four back attachments, it’s no wonder “flex” is in this adaptable mouse’s name. But how can you find the right fit for you?
First, choose a back and place it on the mouse. Then lay your hand over the mouse, ensuring that the base of your palm is on the back edge of the mouse. Extend your fingers forward to rest on the mouse buttons. Are they hanging over the end? If so, try going up a size. Can they not quite reach the buttons comfortably? Try going down a size. That’s it: simply repeat this procedure until you’ve found the right size for you.