What is Mouse Arm Syndrome (MAS)?
The term “Mouse Arm” is not a diagnosis but a popular collective name for many different ailments that affect neck, shoulders, arms and hands in intensive computer work. Not only is this an issue that causes pain, discomfort and stress, it can be tough to address if the proper equipment is not provided to the user.
How do you get Mouse Arm?
As the name implies, Mouse Arm relates to the use of the computer mouse and how overworking muscles with monotonous mouse movements can cause strain and pain. Sitting in front of a computer for long periods of time combined with the unnatural posture most computer mice force your hand to be in is a perfect recipe to leave yourself susceptible to Mouse Arm Syndrome.
The symptoms
Since Mouse Arm Syndrome can affect one or multiple parts of the arm you mouse with, the symptoms can vary greatly. Usually those who suffer from Mouse Arm syndrome will feel one or more of these symptoms:
  • Numbness/tingling in the fingers
  • Tired/strained forearms
  • Pain in the wrist, elbow or shoulder
  • Stiff neck
  • Stiffness in the hand, difficulty flexing fingers
How to fix it
There are three key things you can do should you suffer from Mouse Arm syndrome.
  • Minimize the range of motion necessary to use the mouse. The less reaching you do the less strain you are putting on the neck and shoulder.
  • Stop gripping! Typical computer mouse forces you to actively grip and grab the mouse to allow for proper use. Finding a mouse that allows full cursor control with minimal grip and hand tension to alleviate strain.
  • Switch it up. Constantly repeating the same actions with the same muscle groups is a large contributor in Mouse Arm syndrome. Whenever possible you should switch postures to offload the strain from working with a mouse to other areas and muscle groups.

Where we come in

Contour Design’s RollerMouse line of products is specifically designed to combat Mouse Arm syndrome. With its unique design and centralized deployment, RollerMouse addresses all the major factors attributed to Mouse Arm syndrome.

  • Because RollerMouse sits in front of the keyboard it allows you to keep your elbows at your side and removes the need to reach for the mouse, taking a lot of the workload off your shoulder and elbow.
  • RollerMouse has a unique Rollerbar that controls the cursor that allows you full control of the mouse while keeping your hands in an open, relaxed posture. This eliminates the need for gripping the mouse, greatly reducing tension on your hand, wrist, and fingers.
  • Just like your keyboard the RollerMouse is long enough to be used fluently with both hands. This allows for greater posture variation that your standard handheld mouse, ensuring that the workload is offloaded between both hands and not entirely on your dominant arm.

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