Re: [ccd-newastro] OT:Wrist pain
I mouse for a living (software engineer).
*** Do not ignore this pain!!! It may go away "for now", but it will
be back to haunt you! ***
It's quite probable that your mouse simply doesn't fit your hand.
Mouses are like shoes, and if yours doesn't fit you it can cause you
Another possible culprit is the height of your arm relative to your
mouse. If your wrist is bent "wrong" you're putting bad stress on it.
Relatedly, if your mouse is too far rightward or leftward, you're also
putting bad stress on your wrist.
Another thing to consider is how much you're using it, and for what.
I simply do not play the "minesweeper" game anymore because I always
pay for it with a few days' aching. And anything ... CAD drawing, for
a possible example ... that would require that type and intensity of
mousing would be something I'd have to avoid doing.
Here's a site that seems to have some good information on workstation
ergonomics, without having the additional conflicting interest of
being an equipment sales site:
On Mon, 03 Sep 2001 16:04:19 -0000, you wrote:
>Sorry this is so far off topic but during processing I get wrist pains
>from the mouse I'm using. It's a Logitech Rollerball mouse. Am I not
>mousing correctly (perhaps wrist position?. Would a traditional mouse
>stop the pain? I have seen some kind of tablet that you draw on.
>Would this work with Photoshop?
- Some mice are supplied with ergonomic hints in the instructions. One
common piece of advice they give is to use the whole arm to move the
mouse, do not rest your wrist on the table and use a flexing motion of
the hand (most people do this habitually). Those mouse mats with the gel
wrist pads are a bad idea, they encourage bad technique. I've heard you
can get a mouse board that straps to your thigh, which gives a really
confortable and natural (if not intuitive) mousing posture.
There are a number of graphics tablets available. I use the AITEK
HyperPen 8000 USB, which comes with a mouse and a stylus. The stylus is
pressure sensitive which works really nicely with Photoshop
Although it seems unrelated, consider getting a "natural keyboard" - one
of the ones that put the keys at a funny looking angle. The Microsoft
ones are very good because they are contoured both horizontally and
vertically; some cheap imitations are only contoured horizontally. You
get used to them in no time at all. The splayed keys allow a much more
natural wrist position; it's not just a gimmick.
Best of luck,
From: carlburton2001@... [mailto:carlburton2001@...]
Sent: Monday, September 03, 2001 9:04 AM
Subject: [ccd-newastro] OT:Wrist pain
Sorry this is so far off topic but during processing I get wrist pains
from the mouse I'm using. It's a Logitech Rollerball mouse. Am I not
mousing correctly (perhaps wrist position?. Would a traditional mouse
stop the pain? I have seen some kind of tablet that you draw on.
Would this work with Photoshop?
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