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Left Handed Mouse

Written by Josh Dodes
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If you are among the millions of righties who believe all computer mice are essentially ambidextrous, you probably don't need a left handed mouse. Those of us who write, eat and favor the other side of our bodies can attest to the particular strain of using equipment designed for a mirror image of our working selves. Left unattended for weeks and months, such strains can develop into injuries many order of magnitude more serious than inconvenience.

Put simply, the mouse is the part of the computer that requires the most athleticism, albeit on a small scale. We spend hours every day in front of those screens, and the proper manipulation of the mouse means using dozens of small muscles unfit for such an enormous burden, no matter how much you may exercise. When this burden turns to numbness and tingling, it would serve you well to know you are experiencing the preliminary signs of a repetitive stress injury, among the most serious of nervous system afflictions.

Why a Left Handed Mouse?

What a left handed mouse does that its rightie counterpart cannot is put the balance of forces on your hand back where they should be, on the pad itself. Most southpaws cannot appreciate the tremendous difference such a small change can make, but let one of us use that mouse for a day in the difference is quite literally palpable. Greater blood flow, increased energy and less pain are just a few of the responses you can expect almost immediately.

Don't resign yourself to a world in which no one has given you any thought in their ergonomic accessories. The left handed mouse is just one of many carpal tunnel solutions to be found in this field if you know where to look. That last thing you want is for your own paralysis on this front to lead to very real paralysis in your hands.


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