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Could your computer mouse be causing you pain?

Could your computer mouse be causing you pain?

January 16, 2019 Accessories, DSE Assessments, Ergonomics, Workplace Wellbeing

If you use a computer mouse for an extended length of time, either at work or at home, there are a few things you should consider in relation to the mouse and your workstation.

The first thing to consider is the placement of your mouse. You should position the mouse to maintain a straight, neutral wrist posture, making sure it’s not too close or too far away from you. If don’t do this, you may be exposed to more awkward postures.

Any unnatural movements caused by the position of your mouse can lead to the development of a musculoskeletal disorder.

Other ways to avoid such issues could be using a keyboard that has a trackpad built into it, using a keyboard without a number pad or using a mouse pad with a wrist or palm rest.

Another thing to consider is the size and shape of your mouse. It is important to select a mouse that is designed to fit your hand. Mice are also available in right and left-hand models and, for those who like to switch between hands, models that can be used with either hand. If you use a mouse for a long period of time then getting a model that works well with both hands could be a good idea, this will give the other a rest.

VergoUK provide numerous ergonomic products that can help alleviate pain from the wrist. Some include:

 

If you work at a desk for most of the day then it might not just be your mouse that’s causing you pain or discomfort.  A DSE Workstation Assessment will identify any issues with your current workstation setup and provide recommendations on how to improve it, be it changes in layout, seating position, or equipment such as desks and chairs.

Our trained DSE Assessors are experts in workplace ergonomics and will take the time to assess your workstation and guide you through their recommendations.

Contact us here to book your DSE assessment today.



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