Creating a safe computer workstation entails finding the correct mouse size and proper placement. Today there are a variety of mice, trackpads and joysticks to choose from. Not to mention different sizes, shapes and configurations.
If your mouse is not placed near your keyboard or you are using one that is an inappropriate size and shape, you may experience contact stress, forceful hand exertions, stress on the shoulder and arm and awkward postures. Being in these prolonged awkward postures and positions can cause fatigue of the shoulder, hand and arm, as well as musculoskeletal disorders and injuries.
Follow this ergonomic guide to avoid unnecessary strain and pain:
- Allow your wrist to maintain a straight and neutral posture by having a keyboard tray or surface that is large enough to accommodate the mouse and the keyboard. If this is not the case, try one of the following:Use a mouse tray like the Clip-on Mouse Platform over or next to the keyboard
- Use a trackpad if possible
- Use a keypad without a 10-key pad to leave more room for the mouse
- Install keyboard trays large enough for both the keyboard and mouse
- Utilize a mouse pad with a wrist and palm rest to help promote neutral wrist position
- Select a mouse designed to fit the hand you’ll be operating it with – e.g., right handed mouse for right hand use
- Select a size that requires minimal force in order to generate movement and doesn’t require you to bend your wrist during use
- Adjust sensitivity and speed to allow the pointer to be able to cover the full screen while your wrist maintains straight and neutral posture
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