Wrist rests

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I got a Belkin mousepad to go with my laptop when surfing. It has a gel
wrist rest. But I then I saw some people say you shouldn't use wrist
rest and then some others say no you should use wrist rests and others
say you should but you shouldn't. Any advice please?

Re: Wrist rests

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Wrist rests are used to prevent RSI. From recent research there's however no
proof that it actually prevents RSI.

There is however solid proof that an organized work place where you can move
your arm freely helps preventing RSI, as well as regular intervals between
work sessions.

My personal experience is that leveling your arm with the desk surface and a
mouse fitting your hand palm is much better than just forcing your wrist on
a gel pad. After removing it and fine tuning my position in front of the
PC/laptop stress on my wrist and irritation up to the upper arm and shoulder
diminished totally.

Conclusion: wrist support can help you by maintaining a healthy posture, but
when not used properly it only worsens matters. Maintaining a good posture
in front of your desk will make a wrist rest almost always superficial:
ergonomic adjustments are always better.


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