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Old 03-01-2009, 03:43 AM
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Default How to avoid an aching wrist (mouse hand) ?

Except for the obvious "dont work 7 days a week", have any of you found a good workflow without the mouse or with a good substitute for the standard (apple)mouse? I do most of the mixing part with my command8, but the dialogue editing and pluginautomation, i use the mouse.

Any advice is appreciated!

Thanks in advance, Arvid in Stockholm.
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Old 03-01-2009, 04:54 AM
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Check this out:
http://tech.inhelsinki.nl/antirsi/
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Old 03-01-2009, 06:06 AM
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Default Re: How to avoid an aching wrist (mouse hand) ?

For over eight years I have lived and died on my Wacom tablet as a control interface, so much so that I bought a second one when I work on rented systems outside my home studio. The tablet works like a second skin in Pro Tools and the pen buttons speed the work flow. I recommended one to a student with carpal tunnel and he forever thanks me. Check out he web site for more details, by the way I use the Intuos 3 6x8.
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Old 03-01-2009, 06:35 AM
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Default Re: How to avoid an aching wrist (mouse hand) ?

yeah, Wacom when mousing gets painful. Since the mightly mouse arrived though, nothing beats that top button for horizontal scrolling! You need to make sure that your workspace is the right environment first of all though, no point switching to a tablet if you are still reaching too far to a surface that's too low, etc.
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Old 03-01-2009, 07:49 AM
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You need to make sure that your workspace is the right environment first of all though, no point switching to a tablet if you are still reaching too far to a surface that's too low, etc.
I am a heavy mouse user for editing. For me, a Wacom pad was not convenient and gave me finger cramps. Years ago I had problems, lots of problems, with finger and wrist pain. In my case it was all about two things, mouse/keyboard/chair heights and muscle tension. I got an adjustable keyboard tray that allowed experiementation with keyboard and mouse placement relative to my chair. Another factor is muscle tension. I have changed mouses several times until I found designs that I can hold without tensing up. It is a learned technique. My personal favorites are from Logitech and the standard Apple mouse, but the important point is finding ways to keep the muscles from cramping. And take stretch breaks very regularly. No one will die if you stop to stretch your shoulders and back every hour or two. You must reverse the pain NOW.
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Old 03-01-2009, 07:59 AM
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Default Re: How to avoid an aching wrist (mouse hand) ?

Thanks a lot! Ok, I'll check out the wacomboard first thing tomorrow morning! Have been working 6 or 7 days a week the last two months, so I've seen this problem coming.
Despite the economic depression, I' ve never had so many clients wanting so much at the same time.
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Old 03-01-2009, 08:00 AM
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Kensington Expert Mouse
http://us.kensington.com/html/2200.html

Great for not making your wrist go crazy, as well as custom buttons and a scroll wheel that I can NOT live without.

Also I agree with desk/mouse height as well as chair height and monitor height... I recently raised my LCDs about 9 inches because I was hunching over something fierce.
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Old 03-01-2009, 08:22 AM
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Kensington Expert Mouse
http://us.kensington.com/html/2200.html

Great for not making your wrist go crazy, as well as custom buttons and a scroll wheel that I can NOT live without.

Also I agree with desk/mouse height as well as chair height and monitor height... I recently raised my LCDs about 9 inches because I was hunching over something fierce.
+1 for the Kensington and for getting things at the right height.
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Old 03-01-2009, 09:01 AM
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Default Re: How to avoid an aching wrist (mouse hand) ?

I try and mix it up. The killer is the heavy narration cleaning up.

I Also use a Command 8 for mixing but for editing my main tool is the Kensington Track Ball with all the buttons programmed. Then I also use the Wacom Tablet to switch things up and if it's a really bad day, I'll move to the stock mouse.
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Old 03-01-2009, 03:18 PM
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I try and mix it up. The killer is the heavy narration cleaning up.

I Also use a Command 8 for mixing but for editing my main tool is the Kensington Track Ball with all the buttons programmed. Then I also use the Wacom Tablet to switch things up and if it's a really bad day, I'll move to the stock mouse.
This is all really good advice--especially the change-up if you have to keep going (love those deadlines!). My main axe is the Kensington trackball, but I have a Wacom for when it is just too painful.

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