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>I don't know of any studies, but I have long suspected myself that
>"mousing" a lot is not good for a person. A fellow here who was using
>Interleaf on an X-terminal had carpel tunnel syndrome very badly. He had all
>kinds of wrist protectors and mouse pads and whatever to alleviate the pain.
T'was I (Hi Susan!).
On my last job, I feel like I had two different types of pain - my arms and
shoulders hurt from keyboarding, my wrist and hands hurt from mousing. I
could get a little relief by switching from mouse to keyboard, or vice versa.
I have less problem on my new job (thank heavens!) and have made the following
adjustments, listed in rough order of significance:
o I adjusted the height of my keyboard and of my chair. This is something
I discovered at my last job, but I left before it had a chance to help.
o I changed the position in which I sleeped
o I'm acupunctured once a week.
o I'm using a trackball, not a mouse
o I mouse (trackball) more than I use to (so I can't say that more keyboard
shortcuts would help). My wrist still hurts, BTW.
o I'm using FrameMaker, not Interleaf, so shift from mouse to keyboard
short cuts more frequently.
The most surprising item to me - as you can guess - was changing the
position in which I sleep. But I eventually realized that I was using
my right arm to support weight while I slept. I shifted my arm to lay
flat against my side - and gave my shoulder a chance to rest. That
relaxed muscles down my entire right side and gave acupuncture a chance
This isn't a perfect solution, as I hurt some while typing this, but
I'm not wearing as much protective gear as I used to - and I feel much
David (The Man) Blyth
Technical Writer & Web Site Designer
The usual disclaimers apply - I don't speak for QUALCOMM, they don't speak