Using a mouse in a poor position and with a bad technique can lead to problems. These bad techniques include:
- Working with the arm outstretched, this causes a lot of strain in the forearm upper arm and shoulders.
- Working with the wrist deviating and swivelling to the side causes a lot of wrist pain and forearm pain.
- Overuse of the scroll wheel causes tendon tightness and these tendons come from the muscles up in your forearm and wrist at a neutral rest position while operating it.
The solution is a vertical mouse which is ergonomically shaped to help the user maintain that handshake design to minimise muscle use by keeping the forearm and wrist at a neutral rest position while operating it.
A vertical mouse can not only help in the prevention of CTS, Tendinitis and certain musculoskeletal issues but can also assist people that already suffer from these conditions to continue using a mouse without exacerbating their condition.
The benefits of using a vertical mouse are
- Avoids forearm and wrist pronation (The rotating of the wrist counter-clockwise) which compresses the median nerve and can result in carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Keeps the weight of the underside of your wrist off the desk, reducing the pressure in that area.
- The handshake position lets you operate the mouse with your forearm instead of the wrist which reduces the strain on the arm and helps to prevent injury.
The wrist and forearm are more relaxed whilst using the mouse.