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What is an Ergonomic Wrist Rest?

An ergonomic wrist rest is a rest specifically designed to prevent the wrist from bending back while keying during keying pauses, or while mousing. It is also designed to take some weight off the shoulders and reduce shoulder muscle work and to soften the surface under the wrist.

Drawbacks of an Ergonomic Wrist Rest

Some of the possible drawbacks of an ergonomic wrist rest are:

  • A too-thick or too-high wrist rest can cause forward flexion of the wrist
  • Wrist rests with sharp edges, even foam ones, may be uncomfortable
  • Wrist rests of any design may cause pressure inside the carpal tunnel in some people
  • Sensitive wrists. Some people's wrists are sensitive to pressure underneath them. Some people's writss are sensitive to pressure underneath the palm.

Features to look for when buying an Ergonomic Mouse Rest:

  • Thickness of the mouse rest
    • Thickness of the rest should be about the same as the front of the keyboard
  • Size
    • The rest should be big enough to spread out over a large area.
  • Less than about two inches is considered too narrow.
  • Duration of warranty.
  • Wrist rests should not have sharp edges in contact with the skin.
  • Material should be cleanable or the rest should be cheap enough to be discarded when soiled.
  • Material should not have too much friction; should not constrain the arms.
  • Wrist rests for mice should move with the mouse.

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