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Tips for using your mouse safely

Holding and moving your mouse properly can help you avoid soreness or injury to your wrists, hands, and arms, particularly if you use your computer for long periods of time. Here are some tips to help you avoid problems:
  • Place your mouse at elbow level. Your upper arms should fall relaxed at your sides.
  • Don't squeeze or grip your mouse tightly. Hold it lightly.
  • Move the mouse by pivoting your arm at your elbow. Avoid bending your wrist up, down, or to the sides.
  • Use a light touch when clicking a mouse button.
  • Keep your fingers relaxed. Don't allow them to hover above the buttons.
  • When you don't need to use the mouse, don't hold it.
  • Take short breaks from computer use every 15 to 20 minutes.

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