Work: Journal of Assessment, Prevention, & Rehabilitation , 2020 March 65(3):p 483-495.
Sara Taylor Eggleston
Founder Structured Health Resources, Inc. and Mouse With Your Arm™ Methodology, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
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Received 6 June 2019 | Accepted 21 December 2019
Published: 21 February 2020
BACKGROUND: Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) can be prevented by avoiding trauma caused by poor posture, compression, force, and repetition. Neutral postures are recommended to avoid MSDs.
OBJECTIVE: This study introduces Mouse With Your Arm™ (MWYA) methodology which promotes sitting back in a chair, using the chair’s armrest for forearm support at relaxed elbow height, matching surface and armrest height, and keeping the mouse on the surface edge. This position allows optimal task chair use, facilitates movement and neutral postures, avoids compression and contact stress, and is effective in mitigating MSDs.
METHOD: MWYA was applied and measured in the field for more 23 years providing over 3,500 individualized assessments to integrate a participant’s unique characteristics, reported health concerns, tasks, tools, and environment to achieve and sustain whole-body neutral and comfortable working postures.
RESULTS: Previous research has consistently recommended use of forearm support by a desk, apparatus, or wrist rest, and resulted in non-neutral, static postures and measured health consequences. By using armrests for support, MWYA avoids the potential of MSDs as can be caused by these previously endorsed postures.
CONCLUSION: By applying the five MWYA principles, computer users comprehend neutral posture and put forth the effort essential to creating healthy human computer relationships
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