For most of the workforce, we’re heavily reliant on our computer and mouse to complete our jobs efficiently and effectively. However, this type of repetitive work can be detrimental to our health – especially to our joints and muscles in our hands and throughout our arms. Luckily, there is a better way! By taking a proactive approach to managing the pain a mouse can cause, you can prevent lifetime damage to your body. Read on for our more effective tips in preventing your mouse from hurting your hands!
Tip #1: Adjust Your Grip
Physicians and specialists recommend that mouse users maintain pressure between the mid-palm and the mouse. You don’t want to have any pressure on your wrist; a great way to ensure you’re maintaining this pressure balance is by keeping your hand below your elbow, as opposed to hovering high. You also want to keep a light grip on your mouse – no strangleholds!
Tip #2: Mix It Up
While using your computer may be the primary way you’re completing your work, it’s important that you’re not on it from nine to five. Instead, mix up your computer work with filing, water breaks, and making phone calls. For those that work from home, grab snacks and drinks from your kitchen, play with your pets, and do light housework when you need to get away from the computer. Not only will these breaks give your hands time to rest, but they will also allow you to use different muscles and joints.
Tip #3: Maintain Proper Posture
It’s easy to slouch in your desk chair, and while it may be temporarily comfortable, it’s not only terrible for your back but when working on the computer, it can cause your mouse to hurt your hand and arms. Instead, sit upright and keep your head and torso aligned, and adjust your chair height so your hands are below your elbows. Your mouse should also be placed directly next to your keyboard so that your elbow doesn’t have to leave the side of your body to reach it.
Tip #4: Take a Stretch Break
While it can be incredibly therapeutic to take regular stretch breaks for your entire body, you also want to set aside some time for stretches specifically targeted towards your arms, wrists, and hands. Relax and bend your fingers regularly, and include shoulder shrugs in your stretching routine. Only hold stretches that feel good for your body, for an amount of time that feels right. If the stretch is new, you may feel a little tight, but you don’t want to be in pain.
Tip #5: Select the Right Mouse
The tips above will certainly improve how your body responds to excessive computer work, but the most foolproof way to prevent your mouse from hurting your hands is with an ergonomic mouse. Goldtouch’s ergonomic mouse – the FlexMouse – offers multiple sizing options so there is one perfect for your hands. The mouse also boasts the perfect ergonomic design so that users can maintain the ideal hand and wrist positioning, with a relaxed feel.
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