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4 Tips to Reduce Wrist Pain from Typing

4 Tips to Reduce Wrist Pain from Typing

San Diego Ergonomics: Office Tips for Keyboard and Mouse Wrist Pain

Has typing become a pain in the wrist? If so, you don’t have to continue to suffer. 

There are small changes you can make to the way you type that will help alleviate the pain.

Let’s explore 3 of the best ways to prevent wrist pain from typing too much at your office job. 

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1. Rearrange the position of your keyboard and mouse. 

One of the fastest fixes you can try includes simply changing the location of your keyboard and mouse. Move them closer to the edge of your desk so your elbows are not resting on your desk.

This takes the pressure off your wrists as well and will help prevent them from bending and becoming uncomfortable.  

2. Sit properly. 

Bad posture can result in painful wrists, among other things. Keep both feet planted on the floor with your knees bent at a 90-degree angle. Keep your head aligned with your spine and make sure your arms are loose, not tense. 

Ensure you don’t hunch over your keyboard as you type and don’t allow your wrists to droop.  

Take a look at our recent ergonomics blog, “The Ergonomic Way to Sit at Your Desk and View Your Monitor,” for more details on properly setting up your workstation with office ergonomics in mind.

3. Take frequent breaks from typing at work.

To take it easy on your wrists, make sure you take constant breaks. Every 20 minutes you should be getting up and spending at least two minutes away from your computer. 

This will prevent too much strain on your wrists and body. While you’re on a break it’s helpful to practice some stretching, which brings us to our next point. 

4. Stretch.

If you spend many hours of the day on your keyboard, you should be taking time in between to stretch your wrists and prevent discomfort. 

An easy stretch to learn would be the Praying Pose:

Prayer Hand Stretch - Mouse

Sitting with your elbows on the desk and palms in prayer position, slowly lower your wrists to the table until you feel a stretch. Keep your palms together throughout the stretch. Hold 5 to 7 seconds, relax, and repeat 3 times.

Check out our ergonomics blog, “3 Easy Stretches for Mouse Users,” to learn more stretches.
In conclusion, making small changes in your work habits can make a big impact on injury prevention in the office.

If you or anyone else in the office is suffering from wrist pain due to mouse or keyboard use – following these easy tips is a great way to combat preventable office injury. Be sure to share these tips with your office workers and human resource managers.

To make your office staff even safer, consider performing an ergonomics evaluation for your office. Contact the ergonomics experts at Solutions Northwest Inc. to evaluate your workstation.

Check out the rest of our ergonomics blog for more advice about safety and comfort in the workplace.

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The Top Benefits of Using an Ergonomic Mouse at Work

The Top Benefits of Using an Ergonomic Mouse at Work

According to NYPost.com, Americans now spend almost half of their waking hours staring at a screen. That translates to almost seven hours of screen time every single day!

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This increased screen time has much to do with the rise in digital device ownership and use. Today, almost three-quarters of U.S. adults own a PC or a laptop. 74 percent of U.S. employees also use a computer at work.

The rise in computer use for work has made employees prone to technological diseases. For starters, there’s carpal tunnel syndrome as well as the so-called “mouse shoulder.”

Fortunately, an ergonomic mouse can reduce the risk of developing many of these conditions. Such computer accessories can even help boost your productivity and work performance.

Read on to learn about the benefits of an ergonomic computer mouse from the ergonomics experts at Solutions Northwest Inc.

An ergonomic mouse puts your hand in a more natural position for work.

To understand all the good it can do, let’s first answer the question, “what is an ergonomic mouse?”

As a regular computer mouse, an ergonomic mouse is also point-and-click hardware. However, the latter’s design allows for more natural hand placement.

Since the hand won’t be in an awkward or abnormal position, there’s a lower risk for muscle strains. This natural and ergonomic mouse position also reduces discomfort during its use. This is especially important for people who use their computers for long periods of time.

Ergonomics gadgets help prevent technological diseases and work-related injuries.

Technological diseases result from the excessive use of computers, keyboards, and mice. Researchers also say that these ailments could be worse when using non-ergonomic devices. That’s why they recommend the use of ergonomic computer mice.

One condition which ergonomic mice can reduce risk for developing is carpal tunnel syndrome. It’s a type of nerve disorder that affects between four and 10 million Americans. It results from the “squeezing” or “choking” of the wrist’s median nerve.

Arthritis, wrist fractures, and even diabetes can squeeze this nerve in the wrist. However, any activity that places huge pressure and stress on your wrist can also compress it. This includes the use of a computer mouse, especially one that bends your wrist in an awkward way.

CTS is painful and can even be debilitating. So, rather than risk twisting your wrist, you should consider using an ergonomic computer mouse at work.

An ergonomic mouse can help relieve symptoms of existing mouse-related injury.

Sprains, strains, and tendinitis can be excruciating, especially when you move your wrist. Unfortunately, it’s often unavoidable, particularly when you use a computer at work.

An ergonomic mouse can help ease the pain and symptoms of these wrist conditions. It helps correct hand-to-mouse position, which reduces stress and tension in your arms. The tailored fit to your hand also helps relax your tired and wound muscles.

Be sure to check out our review of the Evoluent Vertical mouse.

A vertical mouse is one of our favorites at Solutions Northwest Inc. Be sure to check out our review of an ergonomic vertical mouse here:
https://www.solutionsnw.com/2019/01/22/ergonomics-review-of-the-evoluent-vertical-mouse/

In conclusion, reduce your risks of computer-related injuries with an ergonomic mouse.

There are many ergonomic mice on the market. The best type of ergonomic mouse for you can be determined during an ergonomic assessment. A trackball or other type of input device may be determined to be a better option for you depending on your job duties and medical condition.

As always, we believe every workplace should perform an evaluation of their workstations and hire an ergonomics company to perform an ergonomics assessment. Additionally, stay up-to-date in office safety and subscribe to our ergonomics blog often for more tips and tricks for a more efficient workplace.

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Ergonomics Review of the Evoluent Vertical Mouse

Ergonomics Review of the Evoluent Vertical Mouse

Ergonomic Mouse Review

By Janet DeLapp, MS, CDMS, CPDM, CPE and Matt Copeland, BS, CEOE
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Ergonomics Consultants | Solutions Northwest Inc.The average American worker spends 7 hours a day on the computer.” – American Eye-Q 2015

There are many different versions of vertical mice. Over my years doing ergonomics assessments for office workstations, the best vertical mouse, in my professional opinion, is the Evoluent Vertical Mouse. We have not been compensated in any way for writing this review. The opinions expressed are our own.

Top 3 Reasons the Evoluent Vertical Mouse stands our as one of the best Vertical Mouse devices on the market:

  1. At Solutions Northwest Inc., we believe the overall feel of a piece of equipment is very important. The Evoluent has a very natural feel and puts the wrist in a very good neutral position.
  2. This mouse comes in left-handed and right-handed versions. Some products are made to do both but they don’t seem to fit the form of the hand as well as a dedicated left/right product.
  3. This vertical mouse comes in different sizes. Have you ever used something that’s too small or big for you? If you have, then you know how uncomfortable that can be. A mouse which is the wrong size for you can cause unnatural posturing of the hand and wrist which are risk factors. So if you must mouse, an Evoluent Vertical Mouse is an option we recommend.

In conclusion

Remember to always consult with your doctor to rule out any possible underlying cause of pain. And be sure to communicate with your staff, co-workers, or office managers/admins to see if they’d like to try any of these products.

Additionally, be sure to perform an ergonomics assessment to ensure office safety. For more guidance on all work related health and safety issues, visit your ergonomics experts at SolutionsNW.com or Contact Us for more information.

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3 Ergonomic Gadgets Every Office Should Try

3 Ergonomic Gadgets Every Office Should Try

Post By: Celeste McLaughlin, Ergonomics Manager
Produced by: Solutions Northwest, Inc. (Ergonomics Experts serving Washington, Oregon, and California)

The average American worker spends 7 hours a day on the computer.” – American Eye-Q 2015

If you’re like most American office workers, you likely spend a lot of time on the computer. In fact, “the average American worker spends 7 hours a day on the computer” says a 2015 American Eye-Q study.

Working on the computer for extended periods of time can take a toll on your body, especially if you aren’t proactive about researching what tools work best for your workstation.  

While it is always recommended to perform an ergonomics assessment of your workspace, this ergonomics blog will explore a few computer peripherals designed with computer ergonomics in mind.

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Trackball Mouse

While no tools provide complete protection from carpal tunnel syndrome, the trackball requires much less movement and is considered by some to be a carpal tunnel relief gadget.

A trackball mouse, like a traditional mouse, is a pointing device. Unlike a traditional mouse, it remains stationary and has a ball on its top or side. In addition to the ball, a trackball commonly has one or more buttons that work like mouse buttons.

Operating the trackball with the three middle fingers reduces two ergonomics risk factors: static gripping and repetitive wrist movement.

Ergonomics experts recommend ambidextrous trackballs with a ball in the center rather than the side to minimize the risk of thumb tendonitis. Below are examples of a few ambidextrous trackballs:

Take a more in depth look at trackballs in our blog about switching to a trackball mouse.

Split Ergonomic Keyboards

There are many varieties of ergonomic keyboards such as split and contoured, but the split keyboard is a great way to reduce muscle strain and reduce the risk of carpal tunnel or other repetitive strain injuries.

Split keyboards that split into independent pieces are sometimes referred to as adjustable split keyboards. This type of split keyboard will allow you to move the keyboard into a comfortable position, allowing one to easily relax the wrist or entire hand.

When a split ergonomic keyboard is needed, we suggest taking a look at our article on the Kinesis Freestyle Pro.

Computer Glasses

You may have never heard of computer glasses, but with digital eye strain or computer vision syndrome being so common in today’s work place, products like computer glasses have started to gain interest among office workers.

Computer glasses look just like regular glasses and are usually around the $50 to $100 price range. Unlike regular glasses, computer glasses are designed with an anti-reflective coating to reduce screen glare and harsh light. Most of these glasses will also filter the blue light that your computer screen emits.

Filtering blue light should reduce negative symptoms of staring at a screen and make it easier to perform your daily computer work. Feeling headaches, eyestrain, blurred vision, dry eyes, or even neck and shoulder pain can be reduced. In fact, your posture may improve as well because you won’t have to hunch closer to the screen as much.

For an in depth look at computer glasses, check out our blog article on the subject.

In conclusion

Remember to always consult with your doctor to rule out any possible underlying cause of pain. Whether you decide to try computer glasses, split keyboards, or a trackball mouse, be sure to communicate with your staff or co-workers to see if they’d like to try any of these products.

Additionally, be sure to perform an ergonomics assessment to ensure office safety. For more guidance on all work related health and safety issues, visit your ergonomics experts at SolutionsNW.com or Contact Us for more information.

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What Makes a Mouse or Trackball Ergonomic

What Makes a Mouse or Trackball Ergonomic

What makes a Mouse Ergonomic?

By Janet DeLapp, MS, CDMS, CPDM, CPE and Matt Copeland, BS, CEOE

Have you been using a computer for a long period of time? Chances are yes in this digital world that we all live in. But how does that mouse treat you after you’ve been working for a while? Do you feel discomfort in the wrist, elbow, or shoulder? Chances are you are not using a device designed with ergonomics in mind. Ergonomics Consultants | Solutions Northwest Inc.

What makes something ergonomic?

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines ergonomics as, “an applied science concerned with designing and arranging things people use so that the people and things interact most efficiently and safely”. In this case, designing a device to fit a person properly would be ergonomic. So, what makes a device ergonomic? There are two simple points to consider when riddling whether your device is ergonomic or not: proper fit and placement/posture.

Proper fit: If your device is too big or too small for you, it’s not an ergonomic solution. If your device is too big, then you’re likely engaging the muscles of your hands and arm far more than necessary. Likewise, if your device is too small, you’re likely putting yourself into an awkward posture by holding your hand or fingers precariously to get enough hand/finger real estate on the device to use it.

Placement/Posture: Both are very important and both inform the other. Posture can be tricky as most all of us have developed our normal posture and departing from it can be difficult. Proper ergonomic or “neutral” posture goes like this. Your shoulders should be relaxed with your elbows by your side and bent about 90 degrees. Your wrists should be straight and not bent up or down or in or out. If your device is too far left or right, you are likely causing undue work for your shoulder. If it is too far forward or too close, you may start feeling it from the shoulder all the way to the wrist after extended periods of use.

In conclusion

If it doesn’t fit your hand and you can’t use it without straining your arm or shoulder, it’s probably not the right one, it is not in the correct position, or both. Be sure to consult with your Office Admin or Manager to see about ordering the proper tools and perhaps contacting an expert for a workplace ergonomics assessment.

Hopefully these ergonomics tips can help keep your workplace a safe work place. For more guidance on all work related health and safety issues, visit SolutionsNW.com or Contact Us for more information.

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The Ergonomic Benefits of Using a Vertical Mouse

The Ergonomic Benefits of Using a Vertical Mouse

Ergonomics Benefits of using Vertical Mouse

By Janet DeLapp, MS, CDMS, CPDM, CPE and Matt Copeland, BS, CEOE

“Evidence suggests that about 3% of women and 2% of men will be diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome during their lifetime…” – The New York Times

Ergonomics Consultants | Solutions Northwest Inc.Using a mouse causes gripping as well as wrist and arm motion which could be detrimental to your body. However, if you do not want to use a trackball, there are other options.

The Vertical Mouse
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While it may look strange, the vertical mouse is a great alternative for those seeking comfort from an ergonomic mouse. There a number of vertical mice on the market, these are sometimes referred to as a “handshake mouse” because of the way your hand grips the mouse.

Why the Vertical Mouse works

When gripping a vertical mouse, your wrist is rotated more straight up and down as opposed to being flat against the desk. This untwists the bones of the forearm. The gripping and repetitive motions at the wrist, elbow and shoulder still exist. If discontinuing using a mouse is something you don’t want to do, a vertical mouse is a good alternative.

The benefits

  • According to Ergooffice, a vertical mouse will “help your wrist to rest on the ‘bony’ baby finger side, eliminating pressure on the soft tissue of the wrist and engage the larger muscles of the arm rather than leaving all the work to the wrist, which means that the wrist remains in a comfortable and neutral position. Additionally, the forearm to assume an anatomical position of rest that will prevent straining of the muscles.”

In conclusion

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