Prolonged use of your computer mouse, can lead to the onset of a repetitive strain injury (RSI). RSI is the most common injury for office workers, and if left untreated, can develop into a debilitating condition. Early signs of RSI include:

  • Pins and needles in your fingers and/or hand

  • Numbness or tingling sensation in the fingers and hand

  • Other symptoms may include waking up at night with pain in the wrist or a loss of grip strength

So What Can You Do?

Consult your health professional.

We recommend you firstly consult with your GP and a Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist. Seeking medical advice and treatment will help speed up your recovery. 

Once you have consulted with your GP and a Physiotherapist, it is important to review your workstation to ensure it is appropriately setup and not causing you any aggravation of your symptoms. 

Follow these following simple steps below to make sure your workstation and equipment are best setup to minimise RSI:

Keep your mouse as close to your body and keyboard as possible.

Alternate using your non dominant hand to operate your computer mouse.  

This will give your dominant hand a rest break and will help evenly share the repetitive nature of using a computer mouse.

Use an elbow pivot.

Try to use your major muscles in the whole arm to operate your mouse, rather than intricate muscles to move your hand and wrist reducing fatigue and pain.

Stretch every 30 minutes.

Regular stretching promotes blood circulation, movement, and gives rest to a working hand and wrist.  The video below is an example of some great hand and wrist exercises to reduce stiffness and pain.

Switch your traditional mouse for a vertical ergonomic mouse.

Switching to a computer mouse that brings your hand, wrist and forearm into a neutral position will reduce the muscular and joint work required to use a mouse consistently.  The gold standard today for good ergonomics in a computer mouse is a vertical mouse.  For more information on which vertical mouse is right for you, follow the link to our step-by-step guide below.

Download our step-by-step guide.

We've developed a comprehensive guide to help you review your workstation and ensure it is best setup to minimise aches and pains and promote your comfort.

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