Reduce Repetitive Stress InjuriesFebruary 6, 2018
Benefits of Using the Computer Mouse with Your Non-Dominant Hand
As we age, our metabolism begins to slow down, fine lines and wrinkles start to appear, and our memory and problem-solving skills may not be as sharp as they once were. Some proactive steps we can take to fight the signs of aging include eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and obtaining enough sleep each night. It is also important that we keep our brains healthy by engaging in activities that are mentally challenging. Too often, people fall into a rut where they get stuck in the same routine every day. This can be detrimental to a person’s health, both physically and mentally. Even small challenges, like using your non-dominant hand to move your computer’s mouse, can challenge your brain and help keep it in shape.
There is a simple exercise you can try, particularly if you spend most of your work day at the computer. By using your non-dominant hand to move or click the mouse for a few minutes each day, you may experience the following benefits:
- This activity allows you to rest your dominant hand, which lowers the risk of a workplace injury due to a strain
- Slight posture changes may help stimulate circulation
- Improves the workload balance between the two hands
- By strengthening the non-dominant hand, you will be able to use it if your dominant hand becomes injured or sprained at work
According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, simple exercises like this are beneficial to the brain. In fact, one neurobiologist explained that certain challenging mental exercises can stimulate new neurons and brain pathways to develop as we age. Like most physical exercise, the more challenging the task, the more mentally fit the brain can become.
Simple Experiment with Big Results
To see for yourself how effective small brain challenges can be, try leaving your mouse on the opposite side of the keyboard before shutting the computer down for the day. When you begin using your computer the next morning, use your non-dominant hand for a short period of time, working up to 15 minutes in the morning and another 15 minutes in the afternoon. After each exercise, return to your dominant hand. This provides 30 minutes of brain exercise each day, and a rest period for your dominant hand. Remember to leave the mouse at the other side of the computer again so that you begin the next day using your non-dominant hand. Studies have found that participants gain coordination after just 10 days. After three weeks, they reported noticeable progress.
This is an excellent exercise to try if you spend long hours sitting at a computer at work. It may help avoid some common workplace injuries such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, lower back strains, and other hand injuries. In addition, it will help strengthen the non-dominant hand, so that you will still be able to fulfill your work responsibilities.
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If you have been injured at work, do not hesitate to contact the Baltimore Workers’ Compensation lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. Spending long hours at a computer may not be as dangerous as a construction site or a busy warehouse, but employees can suffer from injuries that are unique to this type of work. We will help you navigate the claims process and seek the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 844-556-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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