How to Choose a Good Ergonomic Mouse.

Did you know that 1 in 6 workers is suffering from some form of RSI or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? These are conditions that, in the ergonomic industry, are widely associated with overuse of a poorly designed computer mouse. This can lead to people spending weeks or even months out of work and, in worst case scenarios, can require operations to resolve.

There is an easier alternative to developing these problems though – use a good ergonomic mouse. This begs the question, however, of how one identifies a ‘good’ ergonomic mouse. To answer that question, we first need to look at a regular mouse and the design problems that cause mouse pain to begin with.

Regular computer mice are designed in such a way as to make you grip them. (see image below) While this may seem normal, it is these very gripping and pinching actions that lead to RSI and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome developing. This is because the actions are being done all day, often 5 or 6 days a week, with the muscles getting little or no rest. On top of this, we often leave see people hovering over the mouse switches on conventional mice, adding to the muscle tension and cramped nature of the hand posture.
Another common issue with regular mice is the angle of the hand during the use of a computer mouse. We have two main bones in our forearm, Ulna and Radius, with a membrane connecting the two. To help prevent mouse pain, it is important that the blood flow through this membrane is as unobstructed as possible, and the angle of the hand on the mouse is key to this. To optimise the blood flow, the hand needs to be in the “natural position”. If the hand is twisted to far in one direction or another, the blood flow becomes restricted and problems can ensue.

The last problem worth mentioning is the development of rough/irritated patches of skin around the wrist area. These often develop due to the rubbing of the wrist against the desk during mouse use. Because the skin there is quite thin, with the bone quite close to the surface, it is an easy area of the body to irritate. While this is sometimes considered a minor issue compared to the big problems like RSI and Carpal Tunnel, it is easily preventable.

If the above causes mouse pain, then an ideal ergonomic mouse would do the following:

  1. Prevent any gripping and pinching – you shouldn’t have to/be able to hold on to the mouse to move it.
  2. The hand should rest on the mouse in a neutral position – all research concludes the hand should sit at an angle of between 25 and 30 degrees.
  3. The hand and arm should be supported in places where the body and tissue are biologically designed to support the weight – the membrane of the palm and the fatty tissue on the underside of the forearm are good for this.

The HandShoe Mouse is an example of the only ergonomic mouse currently on the market that was designed off the back of peer reviewed university research. The above factors, and many more, were all considered during the design of this mouse. The resulting design, when tested in the tax offices in The Netherlands was that every member of staff that was out of work with mouse complaints were able to come back into work again while working with the mouse.

Although it can be time consuming to find, there is a great deal of research supporting very specific ergonomic mouse designs. Much of this research can be found on our publications page (https://handshoemouse.com/publications/) and is largely third-party material.  

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 Prevents Mouse Pain

Your computer and mouse prompt you to respond rapidly in order to get tasks done quickly.
Tension is exacerbated by this type of interaction. Your fingertips provide feedback that you are tense, but you probably won’t register this.

If you continually grip your mouse, tension builds up. With a conventional mouse for example, you introduce a number of forces in your thumb and finger joints and even torque your joints.

Grip forces causing mouse pain

You may think you can protect yourself against these harmful effects when switching to a so called ergonomic mouse, such as one with a vertical or semi vertical position. These may remove major torque forces in your finger joints but introduce substantial grip forces and thereby affect your finger and thumb joints.

So you need to look for a shape which supports your hand and fingers and eliminates these forces. Scientific studies suggest that these loads may cause inflammation of tissues and result in arthritis. The HandShoe Mouse provides the solution: it fully supports your hand and fingers in the optimal position and thus protects against harmful forces.

This video shows exactly which forces cause mouse pain:

mouse pain


Also read:
The Importance of Palmar Support When Using a Mouse