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Tingling little finger? Pain in forearm and elbow? Here is the reason

ulnar injury

Ulnar injury, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and mouse arm. These disorders have many names, but they all result in pain and discomfort for office workers. Being in pain makes it awfully challenging to do good work.

If you have ever experienced the kind of pain and discomfort in your hands, arms, shoulders or back that makes it difficult to work, you are indeed looking to do whatever you can to prevent it from happening again. And luckily there is a lot you can do.

Read more about ulnar injury and mouse arm and what to do about it in this guide.

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Treatment

If you have been diagnosed with a repetitive strain injury, most chiropractors, physiotherapists, and doctors will offer treatments that can reduce the pain and - in some cases - treat the disorder. However, treatments can be long and extensive. In such cases, it may be a good idea to consider the office gear at your disposal. Setting up your workstation and choosing the right products is vital, as it plays a critical role in relieving your body from strain injuries. However, sometimes great equipment does not do the trick, why specific exercises can further improve your body's wellbeing.

Read more about ergonomics in general here.

Exercises

Doing special exercises can be an excellent way to relax and strengthen your muscles. The specific exercises will vary, depending on the muscles in question. Most physiotherapists will know a variety of exercises that might benefit you.

 

See some more exercises on the BeActive playlist on our Youtube channel.

Prevention

Suppose you want to prevent pain and discomfort related to office work. In that case, we recommend that you consider the tools you are using, including the design of your workstation.

You can also read the blog post "What's the connection between working environment, work area and workstation– and why are all these important when trying to improve the working environment."

It might be challenging to design your home office in an ergonomically correct way, but there are some excellent guidelines to seek inspiration from.

  • Pay attention to how long you stay in the same position
  • Change your position during the day
  • Take breaks away from the computer

 

Work tools

Mice and keyboards are among the leading causes of pain and strain injuries for office workers. So even though you may not have experienced discomfort from doing repetitive work, an ergonomic mouse helps prevent strain injuries and tension that can cause problems over time.

RollerMouse is a centred mouse developed in collaboration with ergonomic experts with the ambition to allow you to work in the best possible way. With the RollerMouse placed in a central position in front of the keyboard, you are automatically placed ergonomically correct. This prevents the kind of over-stretching and twisting you experience working with a traditional mouse.

When using a RollerMouse, it allows you to use both hands in a neutral and relaxed position close to your body. You avoid the unnatural grip on the mouse and instead divide the strain evenly between your hands.

Read more about our selection of centred mice here.

Even if you work with a traditional one-handed mouse, there are things you can do to minimize the risk of strain injuries.

It is crucial that your mouse fits your hand perfectly and provides optimal support and comfort. Your grip should be relaxed so that you do not bend your fingers too much, as this can excessively strain your hand and wrist. This is the kind of hand movement that leads to mouse injuries. Especially with a one-handed mouse, where you use the same hand for everything, it is essential that your mouse fits your well and offers some variation.

Read more about our one-handed mouse here

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