Why is the use of a mouse pad with a wrist-rest recommended?

14 June 2022
Why is the use of a mouse pad with a wrist-rest recommended?

Preserving your health is important in the office environment too. Creating the right working conditions is essential: more and more people are now choosing ergonomic chairs, taking care of the positioning of the seating and desks, and ensuring that there is enough light and air in the office space. However, not much is said about how to protect your hands when sitting in front of your laptop. In this article, we'll talk about the importance of using a wrist-rest alongside your mouse pad.

The office desk layout

It's essential to find the right place on the desk for your office equipment, mouse, mouse pad, keyboard, or monitor. It is best to have the laptop keyboard so far away from your body that the arm is at a 90-degree angle.

wrist-rest

It's not just your back and brain that get tired during long hours behind the laptop, but also your hands, which are constantly straining in a rigid position over the keyboard and mouse. Keeping the arm on the armrest and having a mouse wrist rest on the desk can help relieve muscle strain.

Beyond the office...

Using a wrist rest is also essential in a completely different area. Nowadays, leisure activities often involve several hours of gaming which has negative effects on the joints too. Among the so-called "Gamer" products, the wrist rest certainly plays an important role.  Mouse pad wrist-rests are particularly recommended for games that require monotonous, non-intense mouse movements. Preserving your hands in these situations is a must.

The mouse wrist-rest

With the help of a wrist-rest, you can avoid excessive fatigue of the hand or wrist or numbness and pain caused by poor circulation. The wrist-rest is usually made of elastic material, so it can mould to the wrist, take its shape, and helps keep the wrist and the back of the hand in a natural state.

The wrist-rest has a convex shape, and the filling material is typically silicone, gel or foam. It can be attached to a keyboard, mouse pad or stand-alone, and is available in a variety of patterns, transparent colours, and leather covers.

 wrist-rest

With wrist-rests against health issues

As the wrist muscles can work for up to 8-10 hours in a working day, they are subject to a lot of stress. If this situation persists over a long period, it is easy to develop tendonitis, ganglion, or even carpal tunnel syndrome.

By supporting the wrist, the wrist-rest helps to prevent the hand from being overloaded and developing the above-mentioned diseases. The computer is now an essential part of most office and home lives and its use cannot be reduced or excluded, but with little things like a wrist-rest, we can help to keep our health.

In addition to wrist-rests, Flanker offers a wide range of other accessories for home and office workstations. Examples include privacy films, anti-glare screen covers, notebook/laptop stands and precision mouse pads.

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