Support Your Wrist at a PC

Did you know that a lot of cases of RSI stem from people using computers? When you think about it, it makes perfect sense. People sit at a computer with one hand on the mouse and the other on the keyboard for hours a day, for days on end. Doing anything over and over is likely to cause RSI, and when you are clicking buttons and typing quickly you increase your chances significantly. Of course, there are a few ways to ensure that your body gets well looked after. For starters, getting a mouse pad which supports not only your arm but wrist and side of the hand is a good idea. If you are still using a cheap pad for your mouse then its time to upgrade. They are not that expensive and they make a world of difference to your comfort level.

Whilst you are at it, get one of your favorite photos printed onto the pad and make it something that gives you a chuckle every time you look at it! You can see professionals in computer stores and ask about the best mouse pads for your application. I know a few people that love the mouse pads with gel pads on them, and others that hate them. Obviously a pad doesn’t make all of the difference either. If you spend a lot of time on a computer you have the option of buying a more comfortable mouse. For starters, ensure that the mouse is big enough for your hand, but not too big.

If you have been using a normal mouse for a few hours, turn your hand into the handshake position. It feels a lot better doesn’t it? Logically then you need a mouse which also sits that way. You can get a number of these; called vertical mouses. They cost a bit more, and the buttons are on the side of the mouse but they promote a more ergonomic approach to using a computer. At the very least find a way to support your wrist, or you will end up with pangs that hurt and get worse over time.

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