HandShoe Mouse Helps to Relieve Dupuytren’s Contracture

This information was sent to Hippus by a HandShoe Mouse user, who gave us permission to publish it on our website:

I wanted to share with you some possibly useful experience of the use of the HandShoe Mouse as a sufferer of Dupuytren’s Contracture.

Both my brother and I have Dupuytren and, as my brother is 12 years older than I am, his condition has progressed over a decade ahead of mine. I am now 54, and whilst it is only about 5-6 years since I discovered what the condition was, I can trace back the first appearance of the small nodules maybe 8-9 years. We have both found the condition beginning in the little fingers of each hand and then to some extent on other fingers.

My older brother developed the condition during an extended period living and working abroad, and when he returned some 4 years ago he was at a stage where he began to require medical intervenDupuytren Contracturetion. He has had two rounds of Xiaflex treatment on both hands, but the condition recurred, especially on his right hand, on which he has since had surgery. As my own condition was gradually developing I became especially interested in the advice he was being given to prevent recurrence, including the use of splints overnight, all of advice aims at keeping the fingers straight as much as possible.

Dupuytren Stretching Exercises

Originally the problem had been worse on my left hand than on my right, but as I persisted with gentle stretching exercises and in taking care to keep my fingers extended as much as possible, the left hand not only stopped getting worse but actually improved significantly, to the point where I can now easily fully straighten all the fingers on this hand. Meanwhile, my right hand continued to worsen, with the little finger impossible to straighten.

Not wishing to undergo invasive therapies if avoidable, I decided to try a spot of experimentation. The one obvious thing that my right hand does that my left doesn’t is to hold a computer mouse for many hours every week. I use a mouse for probably 6 hours out of each 8 hour working day, and I also use a mouse outside of work when using a computer for my own interests, including research and writing as a freelance theatre critic. I figured that the action of gripping and pinching the mouse keeps the fingers (especially the worst-affected little finger) constantly bent, and the number of hours involved gives no opportunity to straighten them properly.

HandShoe-Dupuytren Mouse?

I scoured the market to find a mouse that would allow the fingers to lie straight and decided that the HandShoe mouse might be worth a try. As I had no medical evidence to back this up, I couldn’t in fairness expect my employer to get me one so I bought it myself, and I have now been using it for about 12 weeks.

After the first week I already felt less discomfort in my hand at the end of a working day and after just 2 weeks I began to notice that I was better able to uncurl my fingers. After a monHand with Dupuytrens Contractureth I was able, with effort, to straighten the hand with only about a 10 degree bend left in the little finger.

I have explained this all to my employer and they have agreed to buy me one for work use, so that I don’t have to keep taking my own mouse back and forth from home. My brother is also very interested, as he still works full time and his work as a design engineer involves a lot of CAD, which is very mouse-intensive. He is looking into trying a HandShoe mouse too.

I know that all the above is anecdotal, and with no medical data attached, but I felt that my experience may be of interest to you. It seems to me that the design of the HandShoe mouse, enabling the hand to sit in a relaxed, extended position, makes perfect sense for management of Dupuytren. Whilst it can’t be considered a cure, it certainly helps to compliment the recommended routine of trying to keep the fingers extended as much as possible. If I do need to have medical treatment in future, I’m sure that this mouse will help to reduce or slow down the probability of recurrence.

I hope that my experience is of interest to you, and that others with the Dupuytren condition may benefit from the use of the product too.Hippus N.V.

(Name of author is known by Hippus N.V.)

OPC Ergonomics New HandShoe Mouse Distributor

OPC Ergonomics HandShoe Mouse

OPC ERGONOMICS SOLE HANDSHOE MOUSE DISTRIBUTOR AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

Hippus N.V., the Dutch owner and producer of the truly ergonomic, evidence-based HandShoe Mouse, is delighted to announce a new premier partnership with OPC Ergonomics. Our chosen partner will distribute the HandShoe Mouse in Australia and New Zealand with immediate effect and as sole distributor.

The patented HandShoe Mouse is being sold by an increasing number of Distributors and Resellers all over the world. Since the HandShoe Mouse is viewed as a truly ergonomic mouse, based on extensive university research, it can be concluded that the shape of the HandShoe Mouse is unique and it’s the only ergonomic mouse which fully supports the hand. It prevents gripping and pinching and the shape and curvature allow your hand, fingers and forearm to relax into a natural position. This means that the major causes of Repetitive Strain Injury and/or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, often referred to as “mouse pain”, are avoided.

The HandShoe Mouse was initially introduced into Australia on a wider scale by several successful Resellers who have adopted the HandShoe Mouse as their preferred ergonomic mouse. Hippus and OPC Ergonomics feel that the time is right to increase their marketing efforts and support to these Resellers and end users and to generate even more attention for this successful ergonomic product both in Australia and New Zealand. In recent years many international ergonomists have adopted the HandShoe Mouse as their favourite ergonomic mouse. After suffering pain in their fingers, hands, arms and neck, many customers have been able to get back into action, using this comfortable and truly ergonomic mouse.

OPC Ergonomics distributor HandShoe Mouse

The Next Step for HandShoe Mouse in Australia and New Zealand

“The time was right to take the next step in Australia & New Zealand,” says Drs. Sjoerd Eisma, Chief Executive Officer of Hippus. “OPC Ergonomics will make sure that the HandShoe Mouse will be made available through all ergonomic and therapeutic channels. Everybody in this part of the world can now have access to a HandShoe Mouse and will be able to enjoy working with a computer more than ever!”

Allen Field, Owner and Managing Director of OPC Ergonomics comments: “The HandShoe Mouse is based on extensive research and has already proven to be the favourite of many top-ergonomists and therapists in the world. We’re proud to be chosen as the HandShoe Mouse sole distribution partner in our part of the world.”

Drs. Ing. Paul Helder, Chief Technical Officer of Hippus and one of the inventors of the HandShoe Mouse, is keen to add: The HandShoe Mouse is presently the only ergonomic mouse in the world with an extensive research background, a 3 year warranty and worldwide individual support, which is second to none!”

About Hippus:

Hippus is a privately owned company, based in the Netherlands. Both directors of Hippus are also shareholders of Hippus. For more information visit the HandShoe Mouse website.

About OPC Ergonomics:

OPC Ergonomics is a distributor of the best ergonomic products available in Australia and New Zealand and sells these through a network of specialised ergonomic resellers. OPG Ergonomics keeps all products in stock and markets products via specialized trade shows in close co-operation with its suppliers.

For more information visit: http://www.opcergonomics.com.au/products/handshoe/

 

Handshoe Mouse and your Gyons Canal

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In a different video we address Carpal Tunnel Syndrome which can be caused by gripping and pinching of a relatively small standard mouse.

Gyons CanalWhen you reach for your mouse pressing down on the desktop, working from the wrist, you force your hand in a gripping, claw like position.
You then stand a good chance to experience pain. Let’s explain:

Working with a mouse that not fully supports the hand, may lead to serious neural effects.
Excessive pressure on the nerves that control hand and fingers, will first be noticed by a feeling of pins and needles in the fingers, followed by loss of sensation and even burning pain.

For example the little and ring finger side may be affected when one pushes down on the desk top with the pinky side of the hand.
Here, through a separate tunnel called Guyon’s Canal runs the more exposed ulnar nerve. It is only protected by a minute bone, the pisiform. It acts like a shield.

Special attention should therefore be paid to support this side of the hand and prevent excessive loads.