Are wrist rest actually important for gamers? The answer is yes. I have asked around many teen gamers around the ages of 15-17 and all of them don’t use wrist rest and they actually should be. Gamers that use wrist rest reduce their chances of getting Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or RSI. This is when you usually get a cramp or a pain in your wrist from playing too much. Have you noticed after a long game, when you take your hands off the keyboard or mouse and roll it around to fix the aching in your wrist? This is probably because you are starting to get symptoms of Carpal Tunnel syndrome and tendonitis, which is related to RSI.
So what are some things you can do to help you fix that. There are some exercises you can do in between games to help you relax your wrist after a long match. One thing you can do is to flex your fingers. Move your joints to allow your fingers to relax if they have been holding a controller for a long time or stretch them out if you have been keeping your hands on the keyboard for a long time. Another thing you can do to help relax your wrist is to move your wrist in circular motions going clockwise and counterclockwise. Allow for your muscles to relax so you can prevent yourself from getting Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Check out what Dr. Harrison recommends here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiRC80FJbHU
What if there was an easier option rather than always taking the time after every hour to relax your wrist? Well there is. You can invest in a wrist rest to help you relax your wrist as you are playing and it won't strain your muscles. Wrist rest are helpful because it sits in front of your keyboard and allows your hands to be elevated and not bend at an upward angle. When you are not moving your hands to type and only clicking a few keys in the same place that allows your wrist to strain and causes that aching you get after a while. The wrist rest will allow for the blood to flow to your hands properly instead of straining them on a hard desk surface as well as relieve the pressure around your wrist and palm.
So what type of material is best for a wrist rest? Foam wrist rest are usually best because they are more comfortable than other materials such as rubber or wood. Foam wrist rest will also last longer and will support your hands for a longer time. The material in the foam wrist rest is better because it will relieve the pressure on your wrist and distribute it throughout the wrist rest so your hands won’t feel as heavy. Gel wrist rests are also good too because they do the job of supporting your wrist very well and the material is also more comfortable than a wood or rubber wrist rest since it is not as hard. Yes the foam and gel wrist rest are more expensive than other wrist rest but in the end to protect your hands it will be worth it. We suggest our Padded Wrist Rests at WhirlwindFX because foam has the best breath-ability and performance under heavy use. We have two thickness sizes that allow you to have optimal height of your wrists relative to your keyboard. It is also easy to clean and you have low risk of damaging your keyboard unlike gel wrist rests which when punctured could create a mess. Also cleaning it is a breeze, just put some detergent on a sponge and in a circular motion rub the top surface. Rinse off with water and leave to dry.
For most gamers, it will take a little time to get used to the idea of having a wrist rest because it might not be as comfortable as they initially thought. After a few days you get used to the wrist rest and you will notice how comfortable it is to rest your hands on something elevated and it might also be easier to use your keyboard or mouse during the longer game because you don’t need to worry about your wrist aching as much.
Overall, getting a foam or gel wrist rest is a good idea because they support your hand better and you wont need to change it out for a few years. You should be investing your money in wrist rest especially if you game at a young age because it will lead to RSI in the future which will prevent you from doing a lot with your hands. You might not think it is a big deal but after a while you might not be able to hold a glass of water or even drive a car. Invest in your wrists, get use a wrist rest and game for a lifetime.