Also called computer shoulder, mouse shoulder is a condition that occurs from using the computer mouse without the proper support. It is considered a Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) as it is caused by the repetitive movement of using the mouse over and over. It can produce shoulder pain, back pain, and neck pain.
Mouse shoulder is not easy to deal with, but it can be treated. Massage has been an effective solution that can be used on its own or combined with other strategies and therapies to reduce symptoms. This article will go into depth about treatment options.
What are the Symptoms of Mouse Shoulder?
Mouse shoulder symptoms may include:
- Pain in the shoulder when using the computer mouse
- Lingering pain that runs from the shoulder to the hands
- A tightness in the shoulders and upper back
- Weakness, numbness and tingling in the hand
How Can Massage Treat Mouse Shoulder?
Mouse shoulder and other injuries that occur when sitting at a desk and using a computer typically affect trigger points in the body. Trigger points are tiny areas of spasm in the muscles. They typically cause pain in the back and neck but can show up anywhere in the body.
Neuromuscular massage therapy, aka trigger point massage therapy, helps reduce pain caused by mouse shoulder. It is a soft tissue massage that alleviates chronic muscle and nervous system disorders and problems. It fixes trigger points, improves circulation, and reduces nerve compression. It targets postural problems and repetitive movement injuries.
What Else Can I Do to Fix Mouse Shoulder?
Trigger point massage therapy will be even more effective in reducing mouse shoulder if it’s combined with other day to day pain-relieving strategies. These include:
- Take short breaks to get up and walk around the office and do some shoulder rolls.
- Talk to co-workers in the office instead of emailing them to reduce time spent on the computer
- Place your mouse in a location where you won’t have to reach for it
- Make sure your wrist is in a neutral position when using your mouse
- Hold your mouse lightly while working
- Switch to a trackball mouse or another mouse type that features an ergonomic design
- Set up an ergonomic workspace that provides arm support when you use your mouse
- Sleep on your back to keep your shoulders aligned or sleep on the opposite side of the sore shoulder. You may also place a small pillow or rolled up towel under the affected arm when you sleep.
Mouse shoulder is not pleasant to deal with, but with a combination of massage near me and changes in the workspace, you will see an improvement.
If you are seeking massage treatment for mouse shoulder, or any other work-related condition, Massage Revolution is highly recommended. We are a premier choice for massage in South Bay. Contact us to find out how we can help you enjoy optimal health.
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