Ergonomic Mouse

The first computer mouse was developed by Douglas Englebart in 1964. It was essentially a piece of wood with a red button on top. 8 years later, Xerox came up with a new design with a ball inside. When you moved the mouse, the movement of the ball on the surface of the desk was translated into the cursor movement on the computer screen. Later, in 1980, the optical mouse replaced the ball mouse greatly improving performance and reducing the need for frequent cleaning and maintenance.
Although a small, seemingly insignificant device, the computer mouse still plays a very important role in most our lives – especially at our work place.
It is very important that we choose the right mouse for us as it can have a direct impact on our health. To understand why, all you need to do is look up conditions like Carpal tunnel syndrome or Repetitive strain injury on Google.
Health issues caused by usage of the wrong kind of mouse are real. Whether you use mouse for work or for gaming, a little care can help you greatly reduce these issues and also eliminate a lot of stress from your everyday life.
Nowadays, computer mouse (or mice), comes in all sort of shapes and sizes – tiny portable types, wired ones, wireless ones, the one with the scroller in the middle, the one without any buttons and gaming ones with a large number of buttons.
Buying an ordinary computer mouse, just because it is cheaper, can end up being a very costly mistake. What you need is a mouse that fits your hand properly and comfortable and has the right number of buttons and controls to suit the kind of work (or play) that you do.
Most people buy mouse based on functionality, usability or even brand or color. They usually ignore things like size and shape. Most don’t even check if it fits their hand properly.
A non-ergonomic computer mouse puts a lot of stress on your forearm muscles. You may not have noticed it earlier, but you usually have to twist your arm to use a normal mouse.
Ergonomic design is all about helping to keep your body posture as natural and efficient as by designing tools and devices that fit our body shape. Whenever we force-fit ourselves to a device, that leads to stress injuries immediately or in the long run.
An ergonomic computer mouse fits comfortably to the natural position of our hand.
Another problem with the normal computer mouse is that its one size fits all design is not suited for different hand sizes and it can also get a bit slippery. This causes us to apply more pressure and tense our fingers around the mouse in order to control it properly. This again leads to more stress and related injuries. An ergonomic mouse takes these details into account.

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