Could your mouse be the problem?

Do you ever experience shoulder, wrist or elbow pain when mousing?  Have you ever thought that it could be related to the kind of  mouse you use?

Have a look at your mouse now.  Is it the right size for your hand? Does the cursor move slowly or quickly? If you are experiencing wrist, elbow, or shoulder pain, it could be that you need to invest in an ergonomic mouse.

Not all hand sizes are the same, and neither are mice. Mice can come in small, medium, and large sizes. Here is a guide to help you chose the right size mouse:Grab a ruler, and measure from your wrist crease to the tip of your middle finger.  If it's between 15-17.8cm, then a small- medium mouse would be suitable for you.  A measurement < 15cm means you would be a small.   

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS):

Carpal tunnel syndrome is compression of the median nerve, a nerve that runs through the tunnel in your wrist.  The only way to fix this, is surgery to release the nerve.

Risk factors for carpal tunnel include: being female, using a mouse and keyboard, being diabetic and having a genetic link in your family.

Have you heard of a Vertical mouse?

A vertical (or side) mouse is a game changer in the land of ergonomics.  The mouse is tipped to the side which dramatically improves the position of the forearm and wrist so that it's not twisting inwards, as with a standard mouse. This is a more neutral posture, being more like a 'handshake.' I have used one for years, simply as an injury prevention strategy and I urge all women to do the same.

How do you hold your mouse? The correct grip-style when mousing is the ‘palm grip.’ This grip causes the least fatigue, and involves using your palm and full hand to rest on the computer mouse.

I’d love to help you source a mouse that suits the way you work, the size of your hand, and to prevent an injury or help you with an injury that you may already be experiencing.

Ally