RSI

These have generally worked for me; when in doubt, always seek out a medical professional.

Try following this from start to finish.

DPI, sensitivity, and wrist movement

A high DPI means using your wrists for movement; a low DPI means using your elbows. Most people never bother to set configure their mouse and strain their wrists needlessly, because a high default DPI means having to make extremely small wrist movements to move the cursor precisely.

Think of your overall sensitivity as DPI multiplied by in-game sensitivity.

Usually, you can offset a high DPI with a low sensitivity and vice versa, but games like Warframe have a very high minimum sensitivity where people like me have a sensitivity of 0! In that case, you’ll need to have a DPI specific to that game to avoid strains from the high sensitivity.

But to complicate things more, Warframe also has bugs that change sensitivity which makes it next to impossible to calibrate your sensitivity.

The only thing to do there is to conclude that Warframe can be very bad for your wrists. It’s not like people drop in and play the game once every two weeks; Warframe is a game you log ungodly amounts of time in.

One more thing to consider with Warframe is the use of bullet jumps which involves frequently pressing Ctrl, Shift, and Space at the edge of your keyboard. Warframe will be sure to test whether your keyboard wrist posture is viable long-term.

Angles

For the sake of your wrists, elbows, and neck, be sure to adjust the height of your

  1. desk (if possible)
  2. chair height
  3. arm rests
  4. monitor
    • Try having your eyes be level with the top of your monitor
    • Same thing goes for secondary and tertiary monitors
    • As nice as it is to have monitors to be line up neatly, make sure all monitors are at the right eye level which might be different for each
    • I usually sit upright for my main monitor and lean left on my arm rest for my secondary monitor
    • Adjust for your actual eye level that represents how you actually sit; do you really sit upright, or do you just slouch back in the chair?

1–3 are mainly for your wrists and elbows while 4 is for your neck.

Exercises

(WIP.)

One of the most important things to remember is to change your posture in the chair frequently.

Post-strain treatment

Take a break

First, the obvious: take a break. Avoid using your wrist for one or two days as much as possible. It may be bad, but you really don’t want an injury like this to get worse.

If rest is not an option, the next best thing is protection

Wrist protection

A lot of people put on a wrist guard band or wrist brace when they start having issues. This may not be ideal when streaming, drawing, and playing videogames, but can still help you in general.

An alternative is some kind of wrist rest which cushions your wrist but doesn’t restrict your movement as much. Allsop’s wrist rests and their mobile Ergo Wrist Assist are deservedly often recommended. Wrist rests have helped me immensely when I ran into issues.

One way or another, your wrist needs to heal, and it’s only going to get worse if you don’t do something about it.

KT tape

Says the immensely talented artist Jen Bartel:

Can’t vouch for it myself as I haven’t tried it.

Other workarounds

See a licensed physical therapist

They can loosen all of your wrists, elbows, and neck up, if they know their stuff.

Physical therapist certification varies between countries, but do what you can to ensure you don’t get some rando without the proper training. The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy seems to be a good place to start for Americans.

Chairs

Articles

  1. Just remember that playing with a controller means you can’t use push to talk—unless you have a foot pedal like I do mapped to Alt+F3. ↩︎