4 Tips To Reduce Computer-Related Soreness
- Does you job require to you sit at your computer for hours?
- Do you find that hours have passed without changing your position?
- Do you rely heavily on your mouse?
If you answer a resounding yes to these questions, do you also find that your neck, back and shoulders are sore at the end of the day, too? Many people do. Most of us try to fit our bodies into a prescribed work space. Why not make your workspace fit you a little better?
Modifying your computer workspace and habits can reduce soreness.
Don’t get alarmed! Many modifications are easy and inexpensive. Some just need you to think about doing things in a different way. This blog features 4 simple mousing tips that can help reduce computer-related soreness.
Ergonomic mousing tips
- Place your mouse directly in front of you.
This will help you keep your elbows at your sides in a position that relaxes your arms and shoulders.
- Maneuver your mouse with the largest muscle group.
Employ your whole arm when possible. Try using your wrist, instead of your fingers, for precise tasks.
- Keep the workspace under your wrists clutter-free.
Remove everything that can impede your movement including pencils, pens, droopy cuffs, watches or bracelets. Add a gel pad for support if you find yourself resting on your wrists.
- Adjust your cursor speed.
If you are gripping your mouse tightly the speed is too fast. If you are constantly repositioning the mouse the speed is probably too slow. Find a comfortable speed that allows you to guide the mouse comfortably and efficiently.
While these mousing tips can help prevent soreness, they may not be the total solution for you. If you find you are suffering from perpetual soreness, check with your chiropractor. Chiropractors can help you relieve pain and make recommendations for your sitting position, monitor angle or technology to prevent recurring pain.
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