In the ideal situation, an individual that spends their 9 to 5 job working in front of a computer will have a perfectly set up work station.
They would have changed their office chair, to an ergonomic chair that provides features to prevent ailments. The armrests would offer proper support, the lumbar region would not be put under any stress and the backrest would be properly adjusted to maintain the integrity of a healthy spine.
The individual would also have an ergonomic keyboard that provides zoom features, short cut keys and padded hand rests to aid in painful wrist sensations. Finally, this person would be working with a computer that doesn’t increase straining of the eyes to focus on the screen and adequate lighting in their work environment. To complete the design of an ergonomic work place, you will want to consider using an ergonomic mouse to avoid injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and chronic back pain.
Most ergonomic mice are pretty inexpensive, when compared to the health benefits you can receive from the absence of straining your hands and wrist. Newer styles involve the gripping of the entire hand to use the mouse and roller technology that involves more use of the fingers to navigate through pages, rather than the wrist. Hold the mouse gently, whatever the shape it may take, and glide it over the surface without putting too much strain on your wrist. Because the mouse is designed in a way with ergonomic precision, there is no need to flick the mouse with your wrist. You may notice that these products are sensitive to quick touch so play with the mouse a bit to gauge how much movement you will really need to put in place while using it. Controlled movements are key to protect your hand, as well as productivity with your job responsibilities.
While sitting back in your chair, relax your arms and lift the hand that will be using the ergonomic mouse up until the hand is just above elbow level. The mouse should be placed exactly where your hand falls to avoid any strain. The mouse pad should be positioned one to two inches above the keyboard and over the numeric keypad if you are right handed. Keep in mind that you can position the mouse and pad anywhere, so long as your wrist is in a neutral position. Also remember that any extra pressure near the wrist will disrupt circulation of the blood, which may lead to other injuries. Avoid wearing tight sleeves, watches or other types of jewelry to maintain the comfort of your hands and wrists throughout the day.
Medical research has been conducted to notify office workers that using a wrist rest can actually double the amount of pressure inside the carpal tunnel. If you have specific questions about the ergonomic mouse you plan to use as part of your ergonomic office design, you can contact your general physician or even the manufacturer of the mouse about health precautions and benefits you should take into consideration.