The older I get, the more I am concerned with ergonomics in the office. A gel mouse pad is a great way to prevent any future wrist issues associated with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, which is also known as CTS.
I wrote the article, Office Ergonomics 101 – Staying Healthy in the Office, a while back and it addresses the whole body from the standpoint of ergonomics. There is a section on the keyboard which addresses repetitive pressing on the keyboard.
CTS is essentially a medical condition caused by the compression of the medial nerve as it goes through the wrist. The condition usually starts in the thumb and finger area as a tingling or numb feeling but in time pain could extend up the arm.
An ergonomic mouse pad can definitely help in preventing CTS. I recently picked up a MROCO Gel Ergonomic Mouse Pad for my home office as I have had some history of wrist issues associated with working out with weights.
I really didn’t want to add to any pain in my wrist issues as I have had wrist issues in the past from lifting weights. So I thought it was important to buy an ergonomic mouse pad to prevent any future issues.
I actually purchased two of these mouse pads because I have my personal PC and work PC in the same office at home and loved the one I purchased for my work PC and keyboard.
What I really liked about this particular mouse pad was that it was the perfect size as it could be placed just to the right of my keypad and would fit in the keyboard tray of my computer desk as you can see in the images below.
The dimensions of the mouse pad can also be seen below. It is the right size for me to place in my briefcase as well because I am always traveling with my laptop. Another plus is that the material on the bottom really grabs my desktop so the mouse pad stays firmly in place.
Gel Mouse Pad
If you’d like to upgrade your existing mouse pad, this MROCO Ergonomic Gel Mouse Pad would be a healthier option. I’ve been using mine for a while now and I love how it feels against my wrist. Your wrists will thank you later!
Bob has been blogging for over 20 years and has been an office and cubicle dweller for more than 35 years. He has been featured in numerous online publications such as US News and World Report, Bustle, and Work Awesome (you can read his articles here). He created the popular office website CubicleBliss in January 2011 and rebranded it as WorkspaceBliss in April 2020.
In the office he’s been an IT Manager, Applications Engineer, Systems Analyst, Software Project leader, and Programmer Analyst in his long career. He’s a Certified Microsoft Professional and possesses a Masters of Science degree and two Bachelor of Science degrees, one of those in Informational Technology.
During his career he has worked in the office full-time, as a hybrid remote worker, and has worked from home permanently.