More than a fourth of English workers have experienced mouse pain as a result of working on a computer. Unfortunately, it has also been found that a tight schedule and stress can aggravate mouse pain, which usually manifests itself through pain or discomfort in the neck, shoulders, arms and hands. And the problem of mouse pain is not just apparent in England. The Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day brings awareness to the problem of mouse arm around the world. The day will be held for the 20th time on February 29, 2020.
The symptoms from mouse arm vary from mild to severe and often include one or more of these feelings: pain, soreness, stiffness, throbbing, tingling, numbness, weakness and cramp.
How to prevent mouse arm and strain injuries
Doctors recommend that you spend a maximum of four hours a day in front of the computer. However, the vast majority of people exceed this limit and therefore it is important to focus on how to prevent strain injuries. In this regard, variation is an important factor, just as ergonomically correct work equipment plays a major role, if we want to overcome mouse arm and strain injuries.
Variation is one of the best tips
Think about your posture and vary it often. It is better to vary between ten bad postures than to sit in the same good position all day. If you have a height adjustable table, remember to use it. Make sure to stand up during the day. And do the same with your chair. If possible, change chair once in a while.
No one should sit in front of the screen for more than 1-2 hours at a time. Take small breaks from the computer. Stand up and walk around. Do stretching exercises a few times a day. Make sure to sit well back in the chair and remove your hands from the keyboard for a minute or two. There are many options for variation. All it takes is for you to set aside a few minutes and get away from your office chair and desk.
Ergonomic work equipment that prevents strain injuries
In order to avoid strain injuries, it is important that you organize your workplace in a way that suits you well. Many already have sensible working tools such as a height adjustable table and a good chair that can also be adjusted. But it is just as important to acquire ergonomically correct computer equipment, such as a centred mouse that ensures variety and puts less strain on the body than a traditional mouse.
With pre-programmed buttons and a scroll bar, RollerMouse eliminates the repetitive movements that can cause pain in your neck, shoulders, elbows and wrists. At the same time, it allows you to use both hands in a neutral and relaxed position close to your body. This enables you to divide the strain equally between your hands.
At Contour Design you try one of our ergonomic mice for 14 days free of charge and completely without obligation. Choose from our centred models: RollerMouse Red, Free3 or Pro3.