More than a fourth of English workers have experienced pains due to working on a computer mouse. It is understood that a tight schedule and stress can aggravate mouse-related pain, which usually manifests itself through pain or discomfort in the neck, shoulders, arms, and hands. The problem with these pains is that it is not just apparent in England.
The Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day brings awareness to the problem of mouse arms worldwide. The day will be held for the 20th time on February 29, 2020.
The symptoms from mouse arms can vary from mild to more severe. It is often followed by one or more of these feelings: pain, soreness, stiffness, throbbing, tingling, numbness, weakness and cramp.
At Contour, we look with great importance to the well-being of office workers. Therefore, we have chosen to bring awareness to the mouse arm - RSI.
How to prevent mouse arm and strain injuries
Doctors recommend that you spend a maximum of four hours a day in front of the computer. However, the vast majority of people exceed this limit, so it is essential to focus on preventing strain injuries. In this regard, variation is a crucial factor, just as ergonomically correct work equipment plays a significant role in overcoming mouse arm and strain injuries.
Variation is one of the best tips
Always keep your posture in mind and make sure to vary it often. Going between ten bad poses is better than sitting in the same good position all day. If you have a height-adjustable table, remember to use it, and make sure to stand up during the day.
No one should sit in front of the screen for more than 1-2 hours at a time. Take small breaks from the computer. Stand up and walk around. Do stretching exercises a few times a day. Make sure to sit well back in the chair and remove your hands from the keyboard for a minute or two. There are many options for variation. All it takes is for you to set aside a few minutes and get away from your office chair and desk.
Ergonomic equipment that prevents strain injuries
To avoid strain injuries, it is crucial that you use the right gear that suits you well. Many have practical working tools such as an adjustable-height table and a good chair that can also be adjusted. However, it is as essential to acquire ergonomically correct computer equipment, such as a centred mouse that ensures variety and provides less strain than a traditional mouse.
With pre-programmed buttons and a scroll bar, a RollerMouse eliminates the repetitive movements that can cause pains in your neck, shoulders, elbows, and wrists. Similarly, it allows you to use both hands in a neutral, relaxed position close to your body. This enables you to divide the strain equally between your hands.
At Contour Design, you may try one of our ergonomic mice for 14 days free of charge and entirely without obligation. You can choose from our centred models: RollerMouse Red, Free3 or Pro3.