Use this two mouse trick to help cure Carpal Tunnel!
First off, is it ‘mice’ or ‘mouses?’ I couldn’t find a good answer on the web. Nevermind.
Using a computer both at work all day, then at home all evening, I was experiencing more and more pain in my right hand from using the mouse.
I tried several types of mouse pads and devices, as well as various chair heights and padding. Some helped more than others; unfortunately none that I tried took the pain away.
After a few years, I decided to try something both simple, and a little more radical.
It worked for me, and hopefully will for you as well.
Most heavy computer users know the symptoms. My right hand and wrist were becoming more and more painful. Even more disturbing, the outside of my pinky finger was slowly going numb.
After playing around with different pointers, I did find some relief with the ‘Logitech Trackball Mouse.’ This put the hand in a more natural position, and took some of numbness away.
Unfortunately, it just kept getting worse.
One day, I was rustling around in a box of peripherals, and came across an old HP USB mouse. An idea struck me, and I decided to hook it up and place it on the left side of my desk.
Surprisingly, it only took about a week to get used to using my left hand on the mouse. I didn’t reprogram any buttons; I just started left-clicking with my middle finger, and right-clicking with my index.
After that, I simply switched from one hand to the other as I felt fatigue setting in. After about a month, the pain was gone!
As this worked so well at home, I decided to ask for the same setup at work. They looked at me a little strangely, but provided me the extra mouse along with the same Logitech Trackball I use at home.
Your mileage may vary, but I had no issues with the two mice coexisting with each other either at home or at work. There were no changes needed, just plug and play.
Before spending a fortune on spongy mouse pads and other specialized peripherals, you may want to give this a try. Like me, you no doubt have an extra mouse lying around. If not, pick one up for $5 and give it a shot.
Please let me know how it works out for you.