Mouse/ Pointing Device TipsNew! Comparison of Different Mouse Style Design Theories, Benefits and Concerns
Did you know that research is showing utilization of a mouse/pointing device poses a greater risk than keyboarding for a few simple reasons 1. one hand tends to do all the work 2. the finger tips that are weak muscles end up doing a lot of the work and 3. the hand is often farther away from the body.
Good keying/mousing technique can reduce stresses on the wrists, arms and elbows. It can also minimize static loads on the shoulders to ensure good blood flow to the extremities.
There are things you can do to reduce your risk:
1. Use Keyboard Shortcuts
2.Use drag-lock feature to allow you to 'Copy' and 'Paste' without having to hold down a button while moving the mouse
3. Program RSI Guard to do 'Copy' and 'Paste functions with a single key stroke e.g. F1. Click here for step-by-step instructions.
4. Use multiple mice so you can alternate your hand positioning throughout the day
5. Use both hands to mouse. You can you one hand at a time or use both hands simultaneously (one to move the cursor and the other to click)
6. Avoid using finger tips to click mouse. Use the entire finger to click
7. Make sure the mouse is positioned within your shoulder width. If it is positioned farther away you will utilize extra muscles in your neck and shoulder area that will quickly get fatigued
8.Eliminate double clicking. Convert all double clicks to single clicks. Click here for the simple steps.
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