Posted by: ugleepen | July 19, 2010

Computer Mouse: An Ergonomic Culprit

Computer Mouse not Ergonomic

Computer Mouse not Ergonomic

The ergonomic UGLee Pen is designed to “take the load off” as it were. Using this pen whenever you have to manually write will help eliminate the stresses and strains to which you are constantly subjecting your hands, wrists and arms during repetitive computer work.

Did you know that the lowly computer mouse is a big culprit in those repetitive stresses and strains? Much talk is given to how to ergonomically set up your computer work station, from proper placement of the monitor and keyboard to the best ergonomic desk chair to choose. But whoever talks about the mouse?

The problem with the computer mouse is that the repetitive movements are small, or even minute, the mouse is very lightweight, and you use it almost automatically, so you’re not thinking about what damage that mouse could be doing.

The constant grip on the mouse puts the tendons in the hands in a constant state of contraction, even though your touch is light.
Then there’s the repetitive movement of the index finger as you constantly “left click.” Thank heavens for the occasional “right click.” And if you have to do that often, your middle finger is now involved, too. These quick, repetitive movements put tension on your tendons and you’ll start to feel tightness in your hand and wrist, and perhaps even aching up your arm.

Here are a few tips on how to make your computer mouse more ergonomically friendly:

  1. Hold the mouse gently. Use the lightest touch possible.
  2. Control the mouse movements using you elbow as the pivot point and keep your wrist straight. Don’t skate the mouse by flicking your wrist back and forth. If you pay attention to having a very light grip you’ll notice that you have to pivot from the elbow in order to move the mouse.
  3. Don’t use a wrist rest. The floor of the carpel tunnel, through which pass the tendons to your hand, is a flexible ligament and studies have shown that a wrist rest actually doubles the pressure on that ligament.
  4. Angle the mouse so that it can be reached and moved directly by arcing the forearm to the right, without having to reposition the elbow. It helps to keep the upper arm against the body.
  5. Go ahead and share the load. Let each hand run the mouse off and on, giving the other hand some rest time. You’ll need to make sure you have a mouse that is symmetrically shaped.

Following these simple ergonomic tips will help your hand feel much more relaxed at the end of your computer work. Using the comfort grip UGLee Pen will keep your hand relaxed!

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Responses

  1. Get rid of the mouse and purchase a wacom tablet and pen which are just the same as writing with a greater variety. The mouse is a gross motor skill. Our hands were designed to use thumb and fingers.

  2. […] increased number of people using computer keyboards, and the computer mouse, are developing CTS. Many of these workers may not even be aware of the amount of force they exert […]


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