Uppo Wrist Rest – Enjoy Gaming without Compromising on Your Wrist Health
You are an ardent gamer and gaming is more important than any other thing for you. However, when it comes to health, you’ll have to agree that if you are not in good health, you cannot enjoy any game. After all, how can you enjoy even your most favorite game when your hand is aching, eyes are burning and you are feeling uncomfortable? In short, you have to give prior importance to your health and a major organ that can suffer from a health issue due to gaming is your wrist!
Fortunately, now you can avoid wrist pain and other health issues when gaming on PC, thanks to Uppo, a wrist rest for gamers who care for their health.
But firstly, it will be useful to take a look at health issues that can arise from constant use of mouse for gaming. Major among these are carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and repetitive strain injury (RSI).
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
This is a common condition that leads to pain, tingling and numbness in hand and arm. It takes place when one of the main nerves to the hand, named the median nerve, is compressed or squeezed while passing through the wrist through something called carpal tunnel which is a very narrow, only an inch wide, passageway in the wrist. The sides and floors of carpal tunnel are made of small bones in the wrist known as carpal bones. Its roof is made of a strong band of connective tissue known as transverse carpal ligament. All these boundaries are rigid and prevent the carpal tunnel from stretching or increasing in size. CTS occurs when the median nerve is pressurized. It may get worse over time if remains undiagnosed or untreated. An easy solution to avoid CTS is to wear wrist splint or wrist rest like Uppo or avoiding activities like gaming (which is hard for you, we know; but you can always take breaks).
Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
Repetitive strain injury describes the pain in nerves, tendons and muscles due to repetitive movements. It usually affects wrists, forearms, hands, elbows, shoulders and neck. Its symptoms are pain, tenderness, throbbing, weakness, stiffness, numbness, tingling and/or cramp.
If it remains untreated, RSI may become constant and cause longer periods of pain. Also, the affected area may get swollen and the swelling can last for many months.
Various causes have been found responsible for RSI such as repetitive activities, high-intensity activity for prolonged times without rest, poor posture, activities that involve awkward position, vibrating equipment and even cold temperatures.
Some preventative measures include:
- Maintaining good posture
- Taking regular breaks during activities like gaming and other repetitive tasks; it’s better to take small yet more frequent breaks than taking one big break, like lunch break
- Trying breathing exercise when you feel stressed
- Using wrist rests like Uppo
One of the most important solutions for wrist and hand pain is to try to prevent it in the first place and here’s where ergonomics steps in.
If you are a hardcore gamer who plays video games almost all the time, make sure your seat, screen, mouse and keyboard are placed in such a position that they will cause minimum amount of strain. Your monitor and keyboard should be set at a proper height and your feet should rest flat on the floor. This is especially important when you are engrossed in your favorite game and unknowingly take an awkward and slouchy position for prolonged periods of time. This is a perfect recipe for all types of physical disorders and not only wrist problems. Avoid this, pay attention to your posture, use Uppo wrist rest and you can avoid health problems and enjoy gaming to your heart’s content.