Your Hand Position On The HandShoe Mouse

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This article explains why your hand position on a HandShoe Mouse is different from all other mice.
The importance of hand support was also addressed in our article about the “effect of a computer mouse, supporting the hand“.

When you are used to work with a conventional mouse or some sort of non-optimal ergonomic mouse, your muscles may quite often get stressed.
That’s why it may feel a bit strange, when you put your hand on the HandShoe mouse for the first time. Of course you must make sure to use the proper size of HandShoe mouse: small, medium or large.

Relax Hand and Fingers on the HandShoe Mouse

Now you can relax your hand and fingers. You don’t have to hold on to this mouse to be able to use it.
Your hand lies on the mouse in a relaxed fashion. To find the optimal position for your hand and fingers, just place your hand on the HandShoe Mouse.
The middle joint of your thumb will be nicely supported by the thumb support. The soft tissue of the middle joint should rest on the support which feels really comfortable.

Pinky Side of Hand is Supported by a HandShoe Mouse

Next let the ulnar or pinky side of your hand rest on the nicely curved support which runs along the full length of the HandShoe Mouse.
Your hand and fingers are now fully supported from the wrist, up to the tip of your little finger.
Your entire hand is perfectly relaxed, and you will immediately notice the support and comfort your HandShoe Mouse provides!

Ergonomic Mouse: Forget Wrist Support

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A lot is said and written about all sorts of ergonomic tools.
Some information is highly significant to prevent complaints in neck, shoulders arms and hands.
For example it is important to support your forearm to protect your trapezius and neck muscles.

Wrist Support Freezes Arm Movement

However, if you support your arm by means of armrest or desktop, then forget about the use of a wrist support.
That doesn’t make sense if you realise what you’re doing: you’re actually freezing the movement of your entire arm by supporting it like that.
The wrist support prevents moving your arm and makes working with a mouse very uncomfortable.
Then you can move your mouse only from the wrist.

Research has shown that working in such a fashion entails the risk of ulnar nerve compression.
This may lead to numbness and pain in hand and fingers.
We therefore advise to only support the forearm at a quarter of the way from the elbow to allow for free movement.

If you then support your hand on the Handshoe Mouse you experience the luxury of free movement combined with a comfortable support without the need for gripping and pinching.

As usual, we are showing the information above in a short one minute video.
Just play the video by clicking on it.

 

HandShoe Mouse: Weight Control & Cursor Speed

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It is comfortable to sit in your chair in a relaxed fashion and move freely.
The advice of some ergonomists is rather restrictive and will prevent such free movement.

HandShoe Mouse Field Research

During field research, the team of the HandShoe Mouse looked at all possibilities to allow the user of the mouse more freedom of movement. The patented bio-design of the HandShoe Mouse allows this without having to grip or pinch the mouse. Your muscles, however, need to feel some resistance to prevent unnecessary muscle action.

Through testing we established the optimal weight to work with and to allow your muscles to be as relaxed as possible.  Hence we included some special counter weights. If you feel your mouse is too heavy, you can remove some weights. You will find them on the outside, under a special cover. (Watch the one minute video below)

Apart from weight control we advise to set your cursor speed at medium.
This minimizes the muscle strain required to control the cursor on the screen.
If your cursor speed is too high, some muscles which act in opposition will be unnecessarily strained.
So you know, the HandShoe Mouse is a balanced ergonomic tool!

More research information is available on  the HandShoe Mouse Research Page.