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What is RSI?
Common RSI Conditions
‘RSI’s are conditions associated with repetitive tasks, forceful exertions, vibrations, mechanical compression and sustained or awkward positions.’ Medical News Today
This section is intended as a guide to some common RSI related conditions. NHS Choices has some excellent information if you’d like to find out more.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. A painful condition of the hand and fingers caused by compression of a major nerve where it passes over the carpal bones through a passage at the front of the wrist, alongside the flexor tendons of the hand. It may be caused by repetitive movements over a long period, or by fluid retention, and is characterised by sensations of tingling, numbness, or burning.
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome. Caused by compression of the Ulnar Nerve in a tunnel on the inside of the elbow. The ulnar nerve provides sensation to the little finger and part of the ring finger, and power to the small muscles within the hand.
De Quervain Syndrome. a painful condition affecting the tendons on the thumb side of the wrist, often associated with overuse of the wrist.
Dupuytren’s Contracture. A condition that affects the hands and fingers. It causes one or more fingers to bend into the palm of the hand, as connective tissue shrinks.
Edema. A condition characterized by an excess of watery fluid collecting in the cavities or tissues of the body.
Radial Tunnel Syndrome. Often experienced as a dull ache caused by pressure on the radial nerve, usually at the elbow.
Raynaud’s Disease. A disease characterized by spasm of the arteries in the extremities, especially the fingers. It is typically brought on by constant cold or vibration, and leads to pallor, pain, numbness.
Rotator Cuff Syndrome. A condition caused by damage to the tendons around the shoulder blade, often due to prolonged physical activity, or awkward sudden movements.
Tendinitis. Inflammation of a tendon, most commonly from overuse but also from infection or rheumatic disease.
Tennis Elbow. A painful inflammation of the tissue surrounding the elbow, caused by strain from playing tennis and other sports
Find out more about RSI related conditions here.
What to consider if you think you have workplace induced RSI.
There’s every likelihood that you’re reading this page because you already suffer from pain caused by conditions such as RSI, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tennis Elbow, Bursitis and more. It is estimated that up to 200,000 people suffer from these types of work-related injury in the UK alone, and that the associated lost working hours are in the region of 3 million plus per year. It is quite natural that you will be looking at ways to help alleviate symptoms of these conditions whilst using your computer, and to improve your performance at work.
If you are a regular or long term computer user, then it’s important that you make sure that your computer workstation is optimised to offer you the greatest amount of comfort possible. Your employer should offer you a full DSE (Display Screen Equipment) assessment to make sure that you are able to work comfortably and safely at your workstation. This assessment will cover many different aspects of your workspace, including your desk, chair, correct positioning of your monitor and even possibly recommending a specialist keyboard and mouse.
Even with this level of support, it is still very easy to overlook the role of the humble computer mouse, the use of which is sometimes linked to potential health problems caused by overreaching, awkward gripping and overuse of your favoured arm. RollerMouse is one such device that, when used regularly, especially in combination with an ergonomic workstation, can help alleviate pain caused by RSI type conditions, and hopefully address the problems that this can cause through lost hours in the workplace.
Find out more about UK DSE regulations here.
What is RollerMouse?
RollerMouse is a truly revolutionary design which replaces the traditional left or right positioned computer mouse. It is a is a central pointing device for PC & Mac, which requires only very light movements on the roller-bar, allowing the cursor to move around your computer screen with ease.
Centrally placed, ambidextrous by design and in front of your keyboard, RollerMouse is easy to reach, requires no gripping, and reduces the need for wearing and wasteful arm movements, all factors which can help exacerbate pre-existing upper limb conditions.
How may RollerMouse help you?
There are three key ways that a central pointing device like RollerMouse can help with pre-existing RSI injuries:
Avoid Overextension: Overextension is caused when a traditional mouse is too far away from your body position. Many of us would recognise the tendency of the mouse to travel across the desk during the working day, or to end up too far to the left or right of your keyboard as you work. Constant leaning and reaching puts strain on more than just the hand, requiring use of fore-arm, upper arm, shoulders and sometimes even encouraging poor posture or twisting of the torso. In small amounts this could be called exercise, but too much overextension can mean additional pain as existing injuries become more aggravated. Even popular vertical mice do not remove the potential for overextension of the arms. RollerMouse offers a solution allowing you to work in a neutral and relaxed position, close to the body, and centrally placed in front of your keyboard.
Eliminate Gripping: If you’ve experienced pain from gripping your traditional computer mouse for long periods of time, you’ll recognise that mouse-pain isn’t just caused by poor arm posture. Some ergonomic mice can reduce the need for gripping, helping reduce hand fatigue, but RollerMouse’s roller-bar design means that the computer cursor can be controlled using just your fingertips, meaning no pain caused by tensed muscles in the hand. RollerMouse enables the most relaxed hand position possible.
Enable Load Sharing: This is a key benefit to using RollerMouse over a traditional mouse. Central placement in front of the keyboard allows the user to start to use both hands. This approach means that you don’t need to always use your favoured hand, and proximity to your keyboard means that it’s easy to find shortcut keys whilst still being able to steer your computer cursor.
Some tips to help you work more comfortably.
Even if you don’t have pre-existing pain, RollerMouse is the device that can help keep wear and strain injuries at bay. A relaxed way of working is key.
RollerMouse encourages good posture, and whether you are sitting or standing, avoids the need for awkward reaching and leaning, which is often the case with a traditional computer mouse.
As you become familiar with the controls of RollerMouse, it means you no longer need to reach, stretch, or twist to control the cursor on your computer. RollerMouse encourages you position your arms in a naturally relaxed position, in front of your body, rather than out to the side, removing strain to shoulders, arms and elbows.
There is no need for awkward gripping either, as the wide roller bar design allows for finger-tip control, in a way that is comfortable for you, also reducing strain on the fingers, hands and wrists.
Paired with the right workstation setup, RollerMouse can help you work in a more relaxed way.
Either at work or at home, we are spending more time in front of computers, and often develop habits that can cause stress, strain, and injury.
We’ve created 10 tips to help you become healthier, safer, and more productive at work.
- Listen to your body. Pay attention to the way you work, and how your body moves. People will have different ways of adjusting their body and behavior to avoid mouse injuries.
- Follow the 20-20-20 rule. Every twenty minutes, take a twenty second break and stare at something twenty feet away from you. This allows your eyes to readjust and reduces strain.
- Get it straight. Make sure to vary your seating position. Try to sit high up on the chair, so you put more weight on the legs than on the lumbar region. This helps keep your back straight and posture heightened.
- Don’t use force. Your mouse and keyboard are more sensitive than believed. Using a light touch will get the desired reactions and will decrease the potential for stress injuries.
- Make room. Make sure you have enough room on and under the desk so you can assume different sitting positions. A messy desk is also a source of stress and irritation, which can exacerbate mouse injuries.
- Keep moving. Take opportunities to stretch and do small exercises at your desk in order to maintain your strength and improve your cardiovascular conditioning throughout the day.
- Take a break. Take a five-minute break every hour. This helps the body relax and forces you to change your working position. You need a cup of coffee anyway.
- Get comfortable. Make sure you rest your arms in front of you and your fingers on the keyboard and mouse. Joint strain is often linked to tension in the arms and hands.
- Placement is key. Keep your chair in front of your monitor. Your monitor should be arm’s length away from you. Your keyboard and mouse should be directly in front of you within comfortable reach, with the keyboard lying level to your elbow.
- Designed for you. There are many alternatives to the traditional mouse that may help you reduce strain and prevent injury. Choose the best one for your body.
RollerMouse & Productivity
Designed for professionals who spend much of their working day in front of a computer, Contour’s revolutionary RollerMouse Red can help you develop a more efficient workflow, can be used with any software, in addition to taking away pain and strain often caused by traditional computer mice. Here we take a look at some of the key benefits regarding usability.
Efficient Position. A familiar workflow is critical to any type of computer work, whether using Office applications or creative design software like Adobe Photoshop. RollerMouse Red’s deliberately unconventional approach, puts cursor control right in front of your keyboard, and will help speed up workflow by removing the need to reach or find your standard mouse each time you need to move your computer cursor. Placing both hands close to your keyboard shortcuts also helps to reduce the time you take to complete your edits. Crucial seconds looking away from your screen to find your standard mouse add up to crucial hours lost, as those productivity deadlines approach.
Configure It! RollerMouse Red is plug & play on PC or Mac, and will work via USB without the need for additional drivers. While left & right click, double click, scroll wheel and copy & paste buttons are all pre-configured, using the optional drivers program will allow you to change what all the buttons do. Not only is RollerMouse Red a computer mouse which allows you to customise every button, but it also allows you to create different profiles to suite the software you’re using; automatically adjusting to your favourite keyboard shortcuts as you switch between apps such as Outlook and Word, or creative apps such as Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere Pro and more. Integrate your own regularly used keyboard shortcuts into RollerMouse Red to save yourself even more time!
Speedy Edits. Capable of high cursor speeds, RollerMouse Red is also completely at home navigating across multiple monitors, even in relatively compact workstations, and requires no need for open desk space like a standard mouse. At the press of a button, adjustable cursor speeds also give you greater flexibility; fast speeds are great for creative applications, but slower speeds are ideal for more traditional office work or web navigation. No more need to access computer settings to adapt to your current project.
Accurate Tracking. RollerMouse Red is also highly accurate, making it perfect for complex edits that you need to do. With adjustability, up to 2400dpi, and with tracking measured within the roller-bar, rather than across a potentially uneven desk, RollerMouse Red in particular provides a uniquely stable platform, allowing you to focus on where the cursor is going, rather than on where the computer mouse is placed. Accuracy is perfect for CAD and similar design programs. Keep your eyes on the screen, for more efficient editing.
Reduce Fatigue. Whether you’re editing video or photos, being creative in CAD or crunching data for your latest software project, RollerMouse Red’s central positioning takes away awkward reaching and leaning associated with a standard computer mouse. Ambidextrous in design, RollerMouse Red allows for gentle fingertip control, meaning that you will be more relaxed as you work. As well as encouraging good posture, pain from common conditions such as RSI and Carpal Tunnel can be alleviated, as RollerMouse encourages you to adopt a relaxed hand and arm position. Designed in collaboration with top ergonomists and health & safety professionals, RollerMouse Red is a safer way to work on your computer.
How do I choose the most suitable version?
Essentially there are three models to choose from, RollerMouse Pro3, RollerMouse Free3 & RollerMouse Red/Red plus. If you need help working out the differences then please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to advise you. The table below should help make things simpler for you.
RollerMouse Pro3. Our most enduring version which is most at home used with a traditional workplace computer. Pro3 is ideal for workers performing traditional office work including office applications and web browsing. With a partially enclosed roller-bar, this is ideal for users with smaller hands.
RollerMouse Free3. A great all rounder, with the benefits of higher cursor speeds, the Free3 performs well with general office work, but is also capable of dealing with undemanding creative work, opening up possibilities for photo & video apps for example. An open roller-bar and a larger palm rest means it is great for users with large hands. A sleek design means it also pairs well with many laptops. If you want a wireless device then this is for you.
RollerMouse Red & Red plus. The most accurate RollerMouse available, and with unmatched build quality, the Red & Red plus will provide the best experience available. Advanced engineering and superior technologies mean that this is the most capable, adaptable and comfortable RollerMouse available. With a choice of standard palm rest or an extended rest you can choose your own level of comfort.
|Hand Size||RollerMouse Pro3||RollerMouse Free3||RollerMouse Red||RollerMouse Red plus|
|Monitor Count||1||Up to 3||Up to 3||Up to 3|
|Creative Design (Photo/Video/Audio/CAD)||Better||Best||Best|
|Wireless Version Available?||No||Yes||No||No|
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RollerMouse Case Studies
Researchers at Harvard University have found that the RollerMouse device significantly improved the posture of the hand, wrist, and shoulder compared to a conventional mouse, while performing tasks at a computer workstation. The study compared the RollerMouse to a conventional mouse, trackball and touchpad; it was determined that the RollerMouse had the greatest effect in reducing muscle effort in the forearm. Subjects also reported the RollerMouse to be easy to use with the least discomfort while performing tasks.
Abstract (taken from the report, presented at Applied Ergonomic Conference 2013, March 19, 2013):
The goal of this study was to evaluate the effect of different types of computer pointing devices and placements on posture and muscle activity of the hand and arm. A repeated measures laboratory study with 12 adults (6 males 6 females) was performed where participants completed two mouse-intensive tasks while using a generic mouse, a trackball, a stand-alone touchpad, and a roller-mouse. An optical motion analysis system and an electromyography system monitored right upper extremity postures and muscle activity respectively.
Roller-mouse associated with a more neutral hand posture (including lower inter-fingertip spread, finger extension) along with significantly lower forearm extensor muscle activity. Centrally located pointing devices (the touchpad and the roller-mouse) were associated with significantly more neutral shoulder postures and reduced ulnar deviation. In addition, significantly lower forearm extensor muscle activities were observed for these two devices.
Despite being unfamiliar with the device, users reported that the roller-mouse was not more difficult to use than the other devices. These results show that both device design and location illicit significantly different postures and forearm muscle activities during use; and suggest that hand posture metrics may be important when critically evaluating pointing devices and their association with musculoskeletal disorders.
Update, February 16 2015: The peer review stage has now been completed. Please feel free to download and read the complete review below, originally published in Applied Ergonomics Journal.
RollerMouse is not a medical device, and cannot cure permanent physical damage caused by RSI conditions. It is designed to minimise unnecessary movements whilst using a computer workstation, therefore offering the potential to reduce pain and discomfort to the user.
We also recognise that RollerMouse may not suit all individuals. It takes a while to adapt to a new way of working, and every person’s ergonomic needs vary.
That is why we offer a 30-Day Trial to businesses and individuals alike.
Please note: If you develop symptoms of RSI and think it may be related to your job, speak to your employer or occupational health representative. It may be possible to modify your tasks to improve your symptoms. See your GP if symptoms continue, despite attempts to change how you work.