Brian Boyer: Ergonomical devices help prevent pain

I know it isn’t the most dangerous job with the worst side effects, but for any of us who works in the IT industry, we are no strangers to pain that can be caused by long-term computer use. Wrists, back and neck, and eyes can become strained leading to daily pain. Even for those who use computers only occasionally can feel the negative side effects. Fortunately, there are many options available for ergonomically designed devices to assist you to reduce the stress on your body. 

Let’s start with the computer mouse. It seems like such an innocent device. All you are doing is holding it a clicking one or two buttons. However, this mouse design can put strain on your wrists. If you are using a traditional horizontal mouse then you are twisting your wrists. After a while you may feel pain even when not working at a computer. The more natural design is vertical. As one co-worker of mine put it “You should be handshaking your mouse.” There are many vertically designed mice on the market. I just recently bought one off Amazon for about $10. I do have to admit, it is strange looking. I thought it would take me awhile to get used to it so I saved my old mouse just in case. However, as soon as I put my hand on the vertical mouse, it felt very natural. I hadn’t realized how much strain I was putting on my wrist until I started using this mouse. 

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