For some, creative work means spending a lot of hours in front of the computer. To ensure that energy is not spent on pain and discomfort, it may be good to have a "friend in distress". A Unimouse can be the friend that reduces the strain on the body and makes the difference for you.
Sitting many hours in front of the computer puts its toll on the body and can present itself as pain or discomfort in various places – e.g. in the shoulder, wrist or neck. That’s something many might recognize. The pain is not limited to specific job functions or professional groups, but can affect anyone – the common trait is that it especially affects those who spend many hours a day in front of the computer.
To perform creative and detailed work, you need the right tools. At the same time, you should keep your body healthy and pain-free. With a Unimouse, you get a precision tool that makes it easy to change your posture and thereby reduce strain and pain.
“Trackballs and joysticks didn't help, so I decided to try Unimouse for a 14-day free trial. It's not the cheapest mouse on the market, but I'm glad I gave it a try."
Pain and discomfort stemming from mouse work is inconvenient for most people, but for freelancers it can be disastrous, as the pain can become insurmountable and consequently make it difficult to work. Therefore, it is important to take preventive measures and recognize even small indications as warnings. While the diagnoses may differ, they’re all are uncomfortable and should be taken seriously. Normally, we would always advise you to contact your employer or occupational health and safety consultant, but if you’re a freelancer, you may not have access to one. In that case, it may be a good idea to contact your GP to identify the problem.
Matt Faulkner, a dubbing mixer and sound editor, began experiencing problems with the tendons in his hand that made it difficult for him to work. Using a regular computer mouse eventually became very painful, so he tried a number of ergonomic alternatives, which unfortunately didn’t turn out to be suitable for his tasks.
Matt's experiences are common in an industry with many freelancers. If you don’t have access to an occupational health and safety consultant, as you would have in a large company, it might be tempting to go shopping for solutions that can alleviate painful disorders such as tendonitis. However, that can sometimes be an expensive journey.
“Trackballs and joysticks didn't help, so I decided to try Unimouse for a 14-day free trial,” says Matt. “It's not the cheapest mouse on the market, but I'm glad I gave it a try. The smart design means that it feels like a natural extension of my hand. At the end of the trial I bought it, because it alleviated the pain I was experiencing."
Contour Design's 14-day free trial is intended to allow customers to decide for themselves whether an ergonomic mouse is right for them. A vertical mouse like the Unimouse places the hand in a more natural handshake position, but for many that’s a new way of working and takes a little time to adapt to.
"It took me a few days to get used to it, simply due to muscle memory from using a regular mouse. Very soon I was back up to speed and I tend to use it mostly in the fully upright position, which is perfect for easing my condition. The free trial gave me the time I needed to see how I got on before I bought it."
Whether you’re a Social Media Trailblazer, Marketing Rockstar, Initiative Officer, plain copywriter or something completely different, you may need to think about how you work. At Contour, we believe that the right tools can make the important difference when it comes to how much strain you put on your body. That’s why we have spent the last 25 years developing products that combine the need for precision and variety, so that you can spend your energy on being creative rather than having pain or discomfort when you do your computer work.