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Ergonomic Mouse Platforms & Mousing Tips

When working at the keyboard, many of us now know that we must use an under-the-desk keyboard tray or some kind of positioning support to place the keyboard at the right height. A keyboard that is too high or too far away can place us in awkward positions and place strain on the body.

It is also important to consider the position of the mouse. I have found that when I perform work site evaluations, the mouse is often ignored while all the attention is placed on the keyboard. Yet many of my clients spend as much time, if not more, using the mouse as compared to the keyboard. And often times, the mouse is placed high on a desk or way off to the side, wherever a bit of space can be found for it.

Positioning the mouse should take high priority when looking at office ergonomics. Proper positioning will help you avoid awkward postures and muscle strain and fatigue. As with the keyboard, these following positioning tips should be followed.
Space can be of a premium in the office environment. Here are a few alternative mouse supports that may help with proper positioning.

A few more mousing tips -
Marji Hajic is an Occupational Therapist and a Certified Hand Therapist practicing in Santa Barbara, California. For more information on hand and upper extremity injuries, prevention and recovery, visit Hand Health Resources.

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