2021 January 18

The best mouse for carpal tunnel syndrome is not an alternative hand mouse, but rather a foot mouse

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When you start experiencing pain, weakness, tingling or numbness in your hands, wrists or arms, you should take action and consult your doctor. If she diagnoses a carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) or repetitive strain injury (RSI), she will most likely walk you through the various treatment strategies, and as usual surgery should be the least favored option. Beyond pain medication, physical therapy may prove beneficial. But first of all, you should start avoiding aggravating activities and obviously stop using your existing hand mouse.

Medical professionals may suggest the use of alternative mice. Those come in various shapes and sizes: vertical, ergonomic… but they all fall short of the primary goal of relieving your hand and wrist from any strain: The best carpal tunnel mouse is actually no hand mouse at all. You should switch to a foot mouse.

A foot mouse is a device that offers all the functionalities of a hand mouse, at the feet. They will now be in charge of moving the pointer and of clicking or scrolling. It will take a little bit of time getting used to. Many of us may remember our clumsiness when we first started to use a hand mouse. But after a while it will become second nature.

The primary benefits will be for your hand. It won’t be stressed anymore with repetitive unnatural movements, with gripping and pinching the side of the mouse (a very specific issue with vertical mice) and friction between your skin and the desktop.

The other benefits for your health of involving the feet in computer work comes from activating your lower body.

When seated for long hours at a desk, your lower body is desperately left motionless, potentially causing blood circulation issues and back pain. Focused on your work, study or creation, you forget to get up, stretch, walk at regular intervals as recommended by medical professionals.

The 3dRudder Foot Mouse helps fight those predicaments by forcing you to adjust your sitting position (active seating). Your lower limbs are now involved without you consciously thinking about it. The blood circulation in your feet and legs is micro-stimulated by the small movements needed to move the pointer, scroll or click. And you tend to sit with a straighter back.

Also, the 3dRudder Foot Mouse is based on the equilibrium of the human body. Every action you take with your feet is naturally compensated by itself. There are no moving parts, no springs. You’re the counterforce, making using it extremely relaxing and effortless.

All those benefits would even justify by themselves to start using a 3dRudder Foot Mouse, even if you don’t have any hand conditions.

When suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) or repetitive strain injury (RSI), you should start avoiding aggravating activities and obviously stop using your hand mouse, a vertical or an ergonomic mouse. A Foot mouse is what you need.

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