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Use a Wristrest? Use Armrest?

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I am looking for what is considered the most ergnomically correct answer.. I can easily type with both hands floating above my keyboard when I type essays in school for a good length of time and will rest my hands on my armrests when needed. But with my right mouse hand its a diffferent story, much harder for me to game long periods of time without resting elbows on a armest or using a wrist rest (which I only started using recently but stopped using). Having my arm floating, or not resting on anything is resulting in some pretty terrible mouse accuracy with my logitech g500 and my steelseries sensei raw. I have been using the sensei for the past 6 months mainly though.


I am asking because I have recently developed some wrist pain.. whether it is CTS or not I don't know, I believe its related to a current shoulder injury but I am really working on improving my overall body posture from what what is probably considered 100% desk jockey to something more healthy.

I feel most comfortable resting my wrist on the base of my mousepad palm gripping the entire mouse, but I am not sure if not having a floating hand is better or worse for ergnomics. If i have to much bend going downward in my eblow this definitly hurts though.
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Well, for the past ~20 years, I've had my mouse at about elbow height (maybe a half an inch to an inch higher at the most), I palm grip it with a 100% relaxed hand which means I never actually grip my mouse - my hand is simply resting on top of it, and I rest my wrist right on the mouse pad. When I want to move large distances on the mouse pad, I kind of slide my wrist around on it. Oh, and my elbow is always hanging down. I noticed that some people hold their elbow out a little bit, but mine just hangs down loosely. In other words, I'm always 100% relaxed when I'm using my mouse. There's no reason to hold my elbow out a little, and there's no reason to actually grip my mouse unless I want to pick it up.

 

I have never had any problems or pain in my right hand whatsoever and my mousing is always as accurate as I want it or need it to be. I'm never dissatisfied with my mousing accuracy.

 

For me, this is 100% natural; I didn't learn to do it this way from anywhere, it's just the way I've always done it.

 

Edit: I also always sit close enough that my elbow is almost at a 90° angle, but it's probably closer to 95 to 100°. Still, it's as comfortable as possible so that I can stay relaxed.


Edited by TwoCables - 6/25/13 at 12:30am
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i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz (1.400-1.424V in Manual Mode) ASUS P8P67 EVO B3 (UEFI ver. 1850) GTX 780 ASUS DirectCU II (1228 / 6300, 1.180V) G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866MHz, CL9 
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Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate Basic, but premium round 
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post #3 of 5
Hard surfaces can cause wrist pain. What are you using? If cloth, how thick? Does it give in?


Oh yeah and... this's the week of ergonomics! Apparently. smile.gif
Edited by Jalal - 6/25/13 at 1:18am
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I've used this for 7-8 months now. Gives you the comfort of a normal wrist rest but you can move your hand, too. Took me about two weeks to get fully adjusted to it. I fully recommend it, it's extremely comfortable. I still get wrist pain though, but not until after very long gaming sessions. Before I used it my wrist could only take like 30-45 minutes of fps games per day.
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im on the pc playing fps sometimes 5-10 hours a day since a long time, always been resting my wrist on the edge of the table / mousepad. only sometimes it hruts a little.
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