Use of the HandshoeMouse (see image above)
To experience the maximum benefit from the HandshoeMouse the following suggestions should be followed. These apply equally well to both the original HandshoeMouse (Right or Left) as well as the HandshoeMouse SHIFT:
Your Position at your desk
Ensure that the height of your desk and chair are correct:
Did You Know? - The average weight of an arm is around 7 kilograms. By allowing the arm to hover, i.e. not to be supported by desk top and or arm rest, the muscles around the shoulder area have to be continuously active. This will most likely result in unnecessary muscle tension. The weight of hand and arm on the mouse will cause unnecessary friction on the desktop making it difficult to move the mouse.
In order to ensure comfort while working, the designers of the HandshoeMouse recommend that you support the forearm preferably just in front of the elbow where the muscles are thickest. This is to prevent uncomfortable pressure points on the arm.
If the forearm is not supported by the desktop, the arm rest of your chair, or Forearm Supports unnecessary forces are introduced in shoulders and neck (Trapezius muscle). This can lead to tension in the neck and shoulders which in turn can trigger headaches or develop associated RSI.
Movements from the forearm are preferable although for finer work and smaller movements you can move from the wrist.
Please be aware, however, that excessive wrist movement can result in irritation of certain nerves, as published by Professor K.J. van Zwieten et al (download here and look for blue highlighted part).
After having used a traditional mouse you may find that initially the HandshoeMouse feels uncomfortable and that you are "tense" when using it. This is natural and may take a while to pass but with time, as you become comfortable with the HandshoeMouse and learn how to move it, the tension should pass. You will now be able to actually "RELAX" while mousing - achieving what the HandshoeMouse was designed to accomplish.
Weight Change Option (Not available on the HandshoeMouse SHIFT)
Scientific studies have proven that there is an optimum weight for mouse movement. This is because our muscles need to meet a degree of resistance for us to have appropriate control (think about trying to catch a feather or dropped piece of paper). Each of the HandshoeMouse Products have a weight chamber that can be accessed by removing the cover on the underside of the mouse. If you do believe that the mouse is too heavy for you it is possible to remove some of the weights in order to find what works best for you.
Please remember that these have been equipped with what should prove to be the most optimum weight for most users (see video below)
As explained earlier on this page, most of the movement of the HandshoeMouse should be accomplished through movement of the forearm, with smaller movements possible from the wrist. There are times when you may find that you are running out of space and need to reposition the mouse without moving the cursor. Rather than grasping the mouse and trying to lift it back (like most mice) the HandshoeMouse is just tilted slightly to the left or right and moved as necessary. Once it is permitted to return to the desk the cursor will regain movement.
If you are finding it difficult to control the cursor:
Space Requirements and Mouse pads
Although the HandshoeMouse sensor reads on virtually any surface it is possible to significantly reduce the effort required to move the mouse while at the same time improving your control, especially for finer movements.
AVOID: Mousepads with "RESTS" or with any kind of raised edge as these will interfere with both the the ergonomics of the HandshoeMouse as well as it's movement.
We strongly encourage the employment of a "Low Friction" mousing surface in order to acomplish the smoother and easier movement. Surprisingly, most desk finishes are actually "TOO Smooth" which actually "Increases the Resistance" to movement.
The HandshoeMouse should slide comfortably over the surface. Generally, for those using the Small and Medium HandshoeMouse who have only a single monitor we recommend a minimum 8.5 inch diameter mousing surface, exactly like the Microthin solution below. Users of the Large HandshoeMouse or those who are using more than a single screen will benefit from a larger surface - we generally recommend a 9.5 x 12.5 size as it provides room for the additional lateral movement required for multiple monitor workstations.
Several versions of this "Low Friction" surface are available when ordering.Wireless Models and Battery Care