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!
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
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
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.
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
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
An ergonomic mouse can help relieve symptoms of existing mouse-related
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:
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
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for more tips and tricks for a more efficient workplace.
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By Janet DeLapp, MS, CDMS, CPDM, CPE and Matt Copeland, BS, CEOE
SolutionsNW.com – Your Ergonomics Experts
“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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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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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.
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.
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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