A few weeks ago, I started to get a pins and needles sensation in my wrist. It began right at the base of my thumb and continued down.
I naturally ignored it.
Over the course of several days, the tingling spread up through my index finger and down towards my elbow. It remained centered on my wrist and seemed worse in the mornings.
With the morbid half-panic of someone just weeks away from her fortieth birthday, I decided that I was having a heart-attack, or a stroke, or something equally horrific.
I finally had it checked out; and the diagnosis was one which would have had my old work colleague shrieking, "I told you so!"
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is basically wear and tear on the innards of your wrist. You'll need to check with someone more medically qualified than myself for the fine detail. It's caused by repeatedly performing the same action over and over again.
Like typing, or moving a mouse, or anything else that us gamer, geek, freelance writing types do all day, every day. Contributory negligence then.
So how did the Kensington Trackball mouse prevent this, if a doctor said that I have it? My carpal tunnel is only in one wrist. The left side is screaming out for relief. The right side is sitting pretty on the mouse and hasn't given me so much as a twinge.
Thank you very much. Yes, they do look cool, but they're also great for gaming. I can click with much more precision than with an ordinary mouse.
Getting one of these is definitely a good idea, especially with how much we all use computers on a day to day basis. The main thing I love about them isn't the health benefits (although it's a bonus) it's how cool they look. They look like hardcore gamer mice!
A great article as always!
It is weird the first time you use one, but you very quickly get used to it. I find it strange going back to the other kind of mouse now.
i try and avoid excessive computer use but whilst completing my recent degree i found i had loads of wrist pain from using a regular mouse. I tried a tracker ball but found it difficult to get used to. I guess it takes a bit of time. Do you remember the first time you used a regular mouse or an old skool joystick ? it felt so weird
I concur! :)
Hmm nice :)
It's the same sort of principle, but much bigger. I'm resting my whole hand, in a natural position, on top of it. There are pads you can buy too, which fix on the bottom, if you want to support your wrist more. I've not really seen the need with the size of this!
Wow that's neat! Looks great too :) Like an external touch pad (Somewhat)
Brenda - You would be amazed at the number of writers with carpal tunnel syndrome. We do nothing but type all day, hence the pain. If yours is already painful, then do get a wrist support while you write your Wizzles.
And yes, a trackball mouse too! But in the first instance, I'd definitely get even a cheap throw-away wrist support. It'll help enormously. Mine in my left wrist has totally gone away now. (Until I forget to put the support on for a couple of days writing, then it reminds me to do so.)
I looked up the plural of computer mouses/mice for this! I've used them interchangeably for years, but I thought I'd better get it right. It turns out that the English language hasn't yet decided. We're in one of those wonderful linguistic periods, where something is too new to have fixed itself. Either computer mouses or computer mice are equally fine.
I just prefer mice. If it's good enough for the scurrying variety, it's good enough for the technological ones too.
And yes, as you can tell, I totally recommend a trackball. <3