Tools and techniques for battling RSI
It seems like despite my best efforts, I've often found myself dealing with that dull sensation of pain that crops up in my wrists. That said, I've been fortunate enough to work at companies that provide helpful furniture, equipment, and consultations with ergonomists to help properly setup your work environment.
Yet I'll still feel some pain every now and then as my body decides to revert back to its old familiar habits. Of course, I've also found that the tools I use can also play a huge part in reducing (or intensifying) pain. For my day to day work, I've been primarily using Apple products for the last few years. Personally, I find their keyboards and mice to be some of the biggest things that contribute to wrist pain for me.
So, I decided to switch things up! I was looking at a number of goofy mice (some look like pencils, joysticks, or weird alien appendages) and decided to just try a more old-fashioned approach. Hello, trackball!
I recently started using a Logitech M570 wireless trackball and found that it's entirely eliminated my wrist pain. I'm still using an Apple chicklet keyboard, but it's amazing how just changing up my mouse has really improved things for me. I even have a more pleasant demeanor, a healthy glow, and smooth silky hair.
Obviously, your posture and workspace are going to play huge parts in how happy your body is and you should should should consult a medical professional if you have these issues. How do you cope with wrist pain in your every day use of computers and technology?
Thoughts on the Magic Mouse design: www.engadget.com/discuss/your-thoughts-on-the-desi...
However, at the office, I bought myself a very comfortable Logitech LX3 mouse and a Microsoft Wired Keyboard 600. Both very generic, yet built for utmost comfort. Those things are just a blessing. :D
Actually, one trick/method I use is that I keep one of those foam stress balls on my desk, and whenever I've been typing a lot and my hands start to hurt, I stop and squeeze the ball for a few minutes, using my thumb and each of my fingers in succession. It's a bit tough, but my hands feel great afterwards.
After I did the research I opted to switch over to a Logitech Performance MX and it's been great. No more pains, everything is much more comfortable since it's ergonomically designed.
As for the keyboard, I have no issues with the keyboard but have been thinking of moving to a Das Keyboard or Matias.
I personally cannot use the thumb trackballs as I find my accuracy with my thumb is terrible and it gets tired easily. I prefer the center ball trackballs that allows me to operate it with my index and middle fingers. My accuracy and speed with these are easily triple that of the thumb type. I stopped buying Logitech Marble Mice a while back because they changed the manufacturing and the newer ones will barely last 1 year. Currently, I am using the Kensington Orbit and am pretty happy with it.