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Work smarter from home

How to avoid unnecessary pain in the neck, shoulder and arm.

Fight the Pain


During the past year, many have had to adjust and work from home.
Our latest SIFO survey
 shows that about 46% of the working population work from home – and at the same time we see that monitor-related pain in the neck, shoulder and arm has skyrocketed in the last year alone.

Here you will find tips on how to avoid unnecessary pain, exercises that help and products that help you work in the right position – what we call centered.


A good basic position

Your working position at the computer increases the risk of developing pain in the neck, shoulders or arms. Proper posture increases the chances of avoiding, or alleviating, repetitive strain injuries – so-called mouse arm (RSI *). Here are three things to keep in mind:

1. Keep your feet firmly against the ground

Adjust the chair so that the feet rest firmly on the floor, the feet are placed slightly in front of the knees. If necessary, use a footrest. Feel free to try a height-adjustable desk – you can notice noticeable improvements by working standing large parts of the day.

2. Keep your arms in line with the floor.

Let the shoulders relax and keep the elbows at about a 90 ° angle. If you change position, try to stay within a range of between 70 ° and 135 ° – and feel free to switch to working standing.

3. Keep your hands inside your shoulders.

To prevent wear and tear, it is important to keep your hands centered, inside your shoulders. A common trap is to extend your arm to reach the mouse, but by using an ergonomic mouse from Mousetrapper, you get a correct position that keeps your arms and hands relaxed. A centered mouse provides, often after just a few weeks, a noticeable improvement.

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Elegant and ergonomic. Standfriend from Mousetrapper is the latest addition to our family of solutions to help you avoid unnecessary pain while working at the computer. By switching between standing and sitting, you feel better and have more stamina. Complete with a centered pointing device for an elegant, ergonomic solution – at home or at the office.

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Ergonomic products for the home office


With simple aids, unnecessary pain is avoided. Mousetrapper has since its inception dedicatedly worked to develop the best ergonomic mouse solution. All our mouse solutions are based on you working centrally – or as we say in the Zone – to keep your arms and hands inside your shoulders. This avoids tensions that can lead to lifelong pain problems, so-called RSI, Repetitive Strain Injury. Here you will find a selection of our centered mouse solutions as well as some products that give you a better working position at home.

The smart Alpha keyboard

Mousetrapper Alpha is a full-size keyboard with integrated centered mouse solution, our Control Pad. Nineteen programmable buttons give you an effective work tool. Of course, it is wireless via Bluetooth, and you can connect up to 5 devices. Convenient if you want to use it for TV, mobile or tablet after work. A real favorite!

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Laptop / Tablet Stand protects the neck

If you work on a laptop or tablet, consider a tripod that provides the right height for the screen. In this way, tension in the neck is avoided, which in the long run can cause problems. Your eyes prefer to look down. Place the upper part of the screen at eye level, or slightly lower, with a viewing angle of between 0 ° and 35 °. Place the screen at least 50 cm from the eyes.

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Save your feet with the Active carpet

If you have the opportunity, feel free to switch while sitting and working while standing. By working standing, we burn almost twice as much energy as when we sit down, and it is good for both back and neck, shoulder and arms. You can notice noticeable improvements by working standing large parts of the day. Our nice soft carpet Active means that your feet do not get tired, which means that you can stand for a longer period of time.

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5 exercises that counteract pain in the neck, shoulder, arm and wrist


Here are tips on some exercises you can easily do at home. The most important thing is not what you do, but activate the body and the major muscle groups to increase blood circulation.

Squats | Stand up and keep your arms straight in front of you. Lean forward slightly and do 5-10 squats, as deep as possible without losing balance. If you find it difficult, you can gently hold the desk.

Light push-ups | Put your hands against the edge of the table and do 5-15 push-ups.

Calf lifts | Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Stand on your toes, preferably as high as possible. Try to do 5-10 calf lifts.

Neck exercise | An exercise you can do sitting down. Squeeze your hands behind your neck, gently push your head back and stretch your chest forward, bend your back and stretch. Then, round your back and press your chin against your chest. Keep your hands behind your neck and turn your shoulders sideways and stretch out firmly. Repeat both exercises a couple of times.

Shoulders and arms | Sit down and stretch your arms straight up. Slowly move your hands back. Repeat a couple of times. Lower your arms sideways, still stretched so that your elbows are in line with your ears. Push your arms back, when you find the position you also bend your hands backwards. See how long you can keep the position.