Anyone who has to work a lot with the PC and also likes to gamble or surf in their free time spends a lot of time clinging to a mouse. Reason enough to pay more attention to using the mouse. The following tips will help you to improve your handling of the PC rodent.
This is how you set up your PC mouse ideally according to your needs
Most of the time, attention is limited to buying a mouse and the initial setup process. This is why it can quickly happen in practice that poor mouse posture leads to health problems – for example, you can easily put excessive strain on the tendons in your arm.
As a rule, we tend to set the sensitivity (the so-called DPI value) of the PC mouse once so that it is suitable for personal use. But actually the values should be changed depending on use. For this purpose, many mice are now equipped with one or two additional buttons to quickly and easily switch between the DPI levels. If you play shooters, you benefit from a rather low value in order to be able to align the virtual crosshair precisely. When working or surfing on the PC, a DPI value of at least 1,800 is an advantage. Because the higher the DPI setting, the less you have to repeatedly swivel your wrist left and right to move the mouse pointer across the screen.
Ergonomic mice often change the classic handling of the mouse and thus relieve the tendons – clearly recognizable in the picture by the green color.
Especially with gaming mice, the associated software offers the option of defining the DPI levels yourself. It pays to spend some time fine-tuning and saving the values that work best for you. From a purely ergonomic point of view, no single part of your arm (wrist, elbow, shoulder) should do all the work on its own. Rather, the movement should be distributed as equally as possible to all parts of the body.
In addition, you should stop gripping the mouse too hard. This can lead to cramps and other aches and pains, but in the end it doesn’t bring any benefits – neither when gaming nor at work. In general, we tend to have a firmer grip when the mouse shape is not ideal. So look for a model where your fingers rest naturally and where you can easily reach all the keys.
As already mentioned, mouse handling should be carried over to the entire arm: Small, precise movements ideally come from the wrist. In contrast, further, larger movements should be made from the elbow and shoulder. This doesn’t work right away, but only over time, but it relaxes the whole arm. In addition, you should sit at your desk so that the keyboard and mouse are roughly level with your belly button and your arms are supported in a straight line by the armrest of the office chair. So relax your shoulders.
The handling of the mouse needs to be well and correctly practiced, otherwise pain can result. It is best to adapt the DPI values of the mouse movements to your activities on the computer.
Another important point: keep your hands as warm as possible. Whether a cold draft through the air conditioning system or low temperatures in the room cause cold hands, they react more slowly as the blood circulation drops – this can be painful and lead to cramps. If your hands are prone to cold, it would be better to use a wrist or wrist warmer regularly, or breathe in and rub your hands together to warm them up again.
Last point: treat yourself to a support for the mouse arm on which you can rest your palm (and not the joint). Because your muscles no longer have to take care of stability.
Technical terms relating to the mouse explained in an understandable way