You have probably been working with a computer mouse for years, or maybe you just started. You may have started experiencing wrist or arm pain that might be related to how you hold your computer mouse. On the other hand, you might just be curious. Either way, there are a few right answers to this question. We will discuss few of them and by the end of the article, you will be holding your computer mouse like a professional. After all, it is up to you to prevent any sort of injury that might occur.
When you use a computer a lot, whether for working or gaming, you run the risk of causing an injury or carpal tunnel syndrome. Instead of making your wrist stronger, these unnatural movements make you susceptible to all sorts of injuries. You need to make sure that you use your wrist as little as possible. Use your elbow and shoulder to move the mouse. Focus on keeping your wrist from moving too much. When the rest of your arm moves more, your wrist will not have too much strain which can prevent injuries or carpal tunnel syndrome.
The biggest problem when it comes to using a mouse is your hand placement. You want to keep the strain off your wrist, so you cannot rest your wrist on the flat surface of your desk. This places more pressure on the wrist which leads to more pressure. The base of your palm has a lot of potential and keeps the pressure off your wrist. The base can support the weight of your hand without putting unnecessary pressure on your wrist. You could also look into getting a wrist rest, which is a soft surface where you can rest your wrist.
Mouse and Hand Placement
Where do you put your mouse? Most people keep their computer mouse on the side of their keyboard. While this is a common practice, it is not the best habit. It’s hard for the involvement of your shoulder and elbow when your mouse is on the side of your keyboard. Your wrist is also subjected to a bunch of unnatural movements. It would be safer for you to get a mouse platform. These platforms are slightly raised and go right above the ‘num’ pad. This will allow the involvement of your elbow and shoulder without putting a strain on your wrist.
Now that you know how your hand, wrist, and mouse should be placed, it is time to look at some of the best grips that work best with proper placement. These grips can be used by working professionals or gamers.
The Common Grip
This grip, also known as the palm grip, is one of the most common grips used by people. Chances are that you have already been doing it without even noticing it. This is what happens when you place your entire palm over the back of the mouse. The rear curve of the mouse should be resting in the pit of your palm.
You will then get a grip on the mouse by clasping it between your thumb and pinkie or ring finger and holding it in place with your palm. This allows your middle and index finger to be on the left and right mouse buttons. This is a firm grip, but you will probably need a wrist rest to be safe.
You could also use your pinkie finger to stabilize the mouse. This will free up your index, middle and ring finger and you can place them on the left button, scroll wheel, and right button. This will allow for more functionality.
This is another popular grip among the gamers. What you need to do is form a claw with your hand. You will then pull the mouse back so that the back of the mouse is resting at the base of your palm. The curve of the mouse will fit neatly into the pit of your palm and is also stable enough for any sudden movements.
A specific finger controls each button on the mouse, the left, and right button as well as the scroll wheel. For example, the index finger controls the left button, the middle finger, the scroll wheel by and the right button by the ring finger. Your hand will look like a claw, with arched fingers, hence the name. This grip stabilizes the mouse so that it will not fall when you lift it, which is why it is so popular among gamers.
This is a variation on the claw grip and is useful to gamers and is popular when combined with smaller mice. It allows you to make quick, agile movements but will cause fatigue and strain in your wrist.
When you use this grip, your fingertips control the mouse. The position of the base of your hand and the back of your palm is away from the rear shell. Since the goal here is precision, and not stabilizing the mouse. This is a very popular grip and many professional gamers use it. It is a grip that many gamers use, but because it causes strain on the wrist it is not the best grip. We recommend using wrist rests if you plan on using this grip.
Wrapping it All Up
If you work with computers or are an avid gamer, you have a lot to lose if you injure your wrist or get carpal tunnel syndrome. The best cure is prevention, and you never have to experience the pain of a repetitive strain injury or carpal tunnel syndrome if you use your mouse correctly.
All you need to remember is your hand, wrist and mouse placement. If you want to be especially careful, then a wrist rest or a mouse stand is the best way to keep your wrist safe.