Ergonomic Articles

Mouse and keyboard set up tips

By Pippa Bowden | Added 2015-06-24

We’ve learned how to optimise our workstations so that we can sit comfortably and minimize injury, now it’s time to make sure that we’re not causing more injury by how we’ve placed our mouse and keyboard. These helpful placement do’s and don’ts will offer good tips on how to prevent pain and decrease discomfort.

 

Don’ts

  • Don’t hold your mouse too tensely! Instead, un-pinch your hand and use the middle or index finger to click while keeping your thumb relaxed.
  • Don’t use big up and down wrist movements when using your mouse or typing. Instead, keeping your movements small will prevent wrist and forearm muscle strain.
  • Don’t use your wrist rest while typing. Instead, use it to periodically rest your wrists in between typing.
  • Don’t let your mouse get away from you! Instead, keep it at a comfortable distance within reach as this will help prevent shoulder muscle stress.
  • Don’t use just your wrists. Instead, when using the mouse or typing on your keyboard, use your entire arm when moving.

Do’s

  • Do prevent injury by taking breaks often or by alternating between different tasks. Preventing continuous repetitive movements stops unnecessary strain.
  • Do place your keyboard and mouse at the same level or height.
  • Do set up your keyboard correctly by placing it directly in front of you.
  • Do use a stand-alone mouse instead of a laptop touch-pad.
  • Do keep your forearms supported by placing or resting them on your desk or armrests.
  • Do keep your fingers relaxed while typing and make sure they are either level or slightly below your wrists.
  • Do keep your elbows as close to your sides as possible and keep your shoulders relaxed.
  • Do keep your wrists directly in line with your forearms.

 

By following our series of tips and suggestion articles and learning the best techniques to both set up your workstation and to sit comfortably,  you are well on your way to more comfort and productivity.

 

If pain and injury continue, despite these helpful positive changes, it is advised you visit your physiotherapist or doctor for advice.

We wish you many more injury free, comfortable days!

 

 

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