Raynaud's & Scleroderma Association UK - Chief Executive
Anne Mawdsley is the Founder & Chief Executive of the Raynaud's & Scleroderma Association in the UK. Anne was diagnosed with Raynaud's in 1975 and Scleroderma in 1984. We are honored to share her ValueRays® testimonial.
I have recently been introduced to some excellent products which I feel could be of great interest to people who like myself, have Raynaud’s and regularly use a computer.
Can you believe that there is a heated mouse, a heated blanket to cover the mouse and a warm keyboard pad? These items can be used together or separately and are really effective. Anyone who has Raynaud’s will know the problem particularly on a cold morning, trying to use your computer when the fingers are numb. With these items this problem can be overcome and you can work with warm hands. I am not sure which is my favourite - putting my hand into the fleecy blanket while operating the mouse or using the heated wrist pad which sits in front of the keyboard. You can rest your wrists on it while warming up your hands and it is really toasty.
I can honestly say that these products are worth a try if you suffer from cold hands. They are compatible with both PCs and Macs and are available from ValueRays® at IGMproducst.com & Warm-Mouse-Heated-Keyboard.com.
Alaskan Apple Users Group (AAUG)
The AAUG is an organization of people who enjoy using Apple Macintosh computers. Members come from all walks of life: professional computer consultants, educators, business people, artists and students of all ages. No special skill or computer expertise is necessary to become a member. Join here.
ValueRays® Warm Mouse I, Warm Keyboard Pad, Mouse Hand Warmer & Warm Mouse Pad
Rehab Department - Occupational Therapy
Nicole Scheiman is an ergonomic evaluation specialist and makes recommendations for the Rehab & Occupational Therapy Lab. She is an Occupational Therapist, Registered, Licensed, Ceritified Kinesio Taping Practioner.
As an occupational therapist and certified ergonomic evaluation specialist, I can see many benefits of the ValueRays’ items. First, the heat is provided in anatomically correct places for increased blood flow to areas that are prone to repetitive use injuries. For someone with arthritis, the heat would provide great comfort to the joints and therefore also increase worker productivity. With the increased professional and personal use of computers we are seeing more and more patients with these types of injuries.
As a therapist I am always looking for ways to keep workers on the job and pain free, your items will definitely assist with these goals. In addition, I like that the items are easy to setup and can be washed. I appreciate your innovation!
Nicole Scheiman, OTR/L, CLT, CKTP, CEES
Registered Pharmacist & Living in Alaska with Raynaud's Disease
Diane Peterson is a Registered Pharmacist living with Raynaud's Disease and resides in Homer, Alaska. Here's how ValueRays® USB Hand Warmers work for a chilled Alaskan sitting at the computer throughout the year .
I spend a whole lot of time sitting at the computer. I also spend a lot of time sitting on my hands. I used to do both at the same time, but things have changed.
Writer, Editor & Computer Dependant
Lynne Chapman has depended upon the use of her hands her entire career. As a professional hair stylist and writer, Lynne spends her days using her hands to do what she loves. As a writer and editor using the computer is key to her success. Lynne shares her thoughts about the value of infrared heat and the Mouse Hand Warmer blanket.
The ValueRays USB Mouse Hand Warmer: As a hairdresser for over 40 years, my hands have taken a beating -- arthritis and stiff joints. Now as a writer, and editor of the Hair and Christian Living sites of BellaOnline.com, I'm on the computer for hours at a time. Cold drafty rooms in the winter and air conditioning in the summer cause stiffness and aching in my mouse hand. As soon as I slid my hand into the USB Mouse Hand Warmer, I knew I loved it. It was very cozy and soothing - like a little electric blanket for my hand.
The heating element is in just the right spot. It centers the heat over the top of my hand so that it warms the knuckles and fingers but doesn't get so hot as to be uncomfortable. The mouse hand warmer is easy to use. It is easy to plug in to the USB port, and is large enough to accommodate the mouse pad and to allow freedom of movement for the mouse.
I have found one problem with the USB Mouse Hand Warmer. It is that I hate to take my hand out of it when I need to type. I wish I had thought of this little invention!
Editor of Hair@BellaOnline
Editor of ChristianLiving@BellaOnline
Repetitive Motion Syndrome & MS - Ecommerce Entrepreneur
Connie Ott is an Ecommerce Entrepreneur & Internet Pioneer. She has been using the computer since 1979 and suffers from Repetitive Motion Syndrome. Connie reviewed the ValueRays® Warm Keyboard Pad. Here's what she has to say about discovering infrared heat for her computer-related RMS injury.
I’ve been typing on computer keyboards, full-time, since 1979. Yes, that’s a lot of years! In all that time I’ve been fortunate not to have contracted Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, but what I do have is Repetitive Motion Syndrome. Especially in my right hand. I also broke my little finger on my right hand in three places about 10 years ago and like many broken bones, it hurts when the room is cold and gets stiff as well.
For years I’ve tried to figure out ways to alleviate some of the pain brought on by the RMS and the bone problem. Cold is the thing that brings on pain the most so I’ve tried fingerless gloves (looked stupid and didn’t warm me in any way), sitting one my hands (yes, it looks as ridiculous as it sounds, especially in an office environment), running to the ladies room to warm my hands up under hot water (so temporary it barely lasted until I was back at my seat), microwavable pads (super hot at first, cooled quickly, and required a run back to the microwave to rewarm 5 or more times in an 8 hr shift), and finally I purchased a 4″x4″ electric heater that I kept on my desk which blasted warm air across my keyboard.
The heater took care of some problems but created others. I had to be extremely careful about turning it on and off whenever I left my desk for fear of overheating. Secondly, I had to take care in not letting anything flammable get near it – hard to do when you have a desk full of paper. And worst, the noise it created annoyed others and made using the phone difficult.
I now work from home so I have more control over the ambient room temperature, but I still suffer from pain, even when the room is 69 degrees. Higher than that and I’m uncomfortable, but my hands are still cold. In addition, I work almost solely on a notebook computer now and that has caused some additional pain issues that I’ve been trying to correct. The design of notebook computers are fine for light use, but using one every day, eight or more hours a day, brings out their flaws. Specifically, the hard edge of the computer which digs into my arm, about 4″ above my wrists – so much so that I’ve worn away the top coating of my computer in the two areas my arms rest. That area is now super-sensitive and feels bruised at all times.
I’ve tried many different types of wrist rests to solve the problem. Stand-alone ones as well as one built-into laptop desks. None have worked well, couldn’t be placed in the proper location, or wouldn’t stay put once there.
I’d about given up and resolved that I’d be continuing the massive amounts of Ibuprofen I’ve been taking for the pain and continuing to use rolled towels as a pseudo wrist rest until I found the Valuerays Warm Keyboard Pad! It takes care of about 80% of my issues – if I used a traditional desktop computer it’s be 100% relief!
The ValueRays Warm Keyboard Pad is an inexpensive fix for only $19.95. Even without the heat it’s a comfortable wrist rest and I’ve paid the same price for a gel rest that didn’t work as well. This one is fabric covered with a slight texture to it. The texture irritated my wrists a bit at first, but again, they’re hyper-sensitive right now. I’m hoping that the texture becomes less noticeable in time. Additionally, the zipper, which allows you to remove the cover for cleaning and access to the warming pad so you can position it perfectly for you, was irritating as well. I simply flipped the pad vertically so the zipper was towards my body – only the logo is upside down now to let you know it’s not being used “correctly”. The zipper is only a problem because I’m using it with a notebook and have it covering the edge of the notebook. Using it as it’s pictured, it’d be flush to the computer and you’d never feel it. If I worked at a desk it wouldn’t be an issue, but I work on the couch.
It’s summer and I have the pad plugged in and the heat on. I’ve pulled the heating pad all the way to the right because for me it’s the side with issues. If both hands need equal warming you can place it in the middle. It offers some radiant heat, but it’s mostly directional. When my fingers need a warm up, I curl them into my palm and place them on the pad….mmmmmmmmmmm…..now if they’d only make a warming blanket that covered my fingers while I typed…that would be perfect!
The company claims that the heat helps increase circulation and relieves tension; helps relieve pain from arthritis; and relieves cold from poor circulation. Did it work for me? Yes! The pad took away the hard edge of the computer . Double the height would be perfect for my computer as I have a notebook cooler underneath so I’m thinking of putting a cheap foam pad beneath the pad to raise it up. The heat is pleasing, not too hot, and it warms up quickly. It plugs into my USB port so there are no batteries to replace and no running back and forth to the microwave to warm it up.
Connie Ott, Miscellaneous Finds 4U
Freelance Editor & Writer - Computer Dependent
This testimonial was received from a professional Freelance Writer & Editor from Northeast USA who requested her name be left anonymous.
Thank you so much for the ValueRays® Warm Mouse. It is a wonder!
As a freelance editor/writer, I spend hours on the computer every day, and have been doing so for many years. In addition to writing on the computer, I routinely visit many corporate and PR websites, regularly challenging my right hand. With the passing of time, I began to suffer from stiffening joints, particularly between my right thumb and forefinger.
After just brief use of the marvelous ValueRays® Warm Mouse, all hand stiffness and associated pain have completely disappeared. Furthermore, my hands move across the keyboard effortlessly and faster than they did before.
I’m recommending ValueRays® Warm Mouse to everyone I know who relies on the computer and Internet.
Again, thanks so much for the marvelous ValueRays® Warm Mouse.
Cheboygan Memorial Hospital - Physical Rehabilitation Center
Robyn Campeau, Cheboygan Memorial Hospital Physical Rehabilitation Center is seated in the bottom row second from the left behind the green ball. Robyn uses the computer all day assisting staff and clients. She suffers with Fibromyalgia and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
We received the ValueRays Warm Mouse, Warm Mouse Pad and Mouse Hand Warmer Blanket pouch, and we are using them everyday. Several professionals in our area have tried and tested the ValueRays infrared heated products, and we love them!
I suffer with fibromyalgia and carpal tunnel syndrome. I can't tell you enough how much the deep penetrating heat has helped me. First, it relaxes my hand, the joints and relieves stress. Actually, I don't feel stressed during the day anymore because these products actually make me feel more relaxed. I use my hands on the computer all day, and the warm mouse and warm mouse pad are a huge benefit to my daily routine.
Our Occupational Therapist, Aimee Jazdzyk, also tried using the ValueRays infrared heated products and she plans to use them with her patients. Aimee has had an increase in referrals for patients with work-related hand injuries (carpal tunnel, arthritis, etc.), and the ValueRays infrared heated products will help them.
Cheboygan has a high unemployment rate, and with the economy not doing well, a lot of jobs are being lost. These products are helpful for our clients, and with the economics of the area being so poor right now, if these products assist our patients to maintain their current job positions, that would be great!
The mouse hand warmer mouse pad is a great idea, and I can see how it will help many people. We'll keep in touch.
Robyn Campeau, Physical Rehabilitation Therapy Department
Publicist & Avid Computer User
Owner, Kim Lybrand Marketing & PR. A brand, an evolution and an oppotunity! An avid computer user spends several hours daily using the computer.
My name is Kim Lybrand. I am a Publicist so I am on my phone and computer all day…..
I had noticed that various times throughout the day my hand that was using the mouse would get cold…..I tried to turn the AC up thinking that was the problem but then the rest of me was getting hot so I knew it had to be something else.
I was reading about the mouse hand warmer and decided to give it a try…….Wow what a difference that made…At first I thought how could this work and will my hand get hot since I live in south Florida and temps are always warm…..but that is not the case it works like a charm and I feel that everyone should have this product esp if you are using the computer a lot.
Kim Lybrand, Publicist
South Florida, USA
Occupational Therapist & Certified Hand Therapist
Marji Hajic, BellaOnline's Ergonomics Editor. Marji Hajic, is an Occupational Therapist and a Certified Hand Therapist with over 16 years experience treating hand and upper extremity injuries. She is the owner of the Hand Therapy & Occupational Fitness Center in Santa Barbara, California. In addition to her clinical work treating established injuries, she provides her clients with the information and tools necessary to help prevent injuries.
Cold, Achy Fingers? Use a Warm Mouse
For those who experience cold hands while mousing or typing, or for those who use a computer in an air-conditioned work environment, IGMproducts.com has a line of computer devices that deserve a closer look. The Mouse Hand Warmer Blanket Pouch, the Warm Mouse, and the Warm Mouse Pad are designed to relieve the aching caused by cold fingers and poor circulation, arthritis, fibromyalgia, Raynaud’s symptoms, and even repetitive strain injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tendinitis.
Designed by Anna Miller, an internet pioneer and fashion ecommerce entrepreneur who suffered from cold and numb hands, the products are receiving good reviews within the technology industry. The Mouse Hand Warmer Blanket is a warm, fleece-lined pouch with a non-slip surface into which you can place a traditional mousing pad. Heat is maintained inside the pouch creating a warm mousing environment. The result is similar to a warm blanket covering your mousing hand. The pouch measures approximately 12 x 12 inches. The gray fleece with black and white trim is designed to give the pouch a modern, professional appearance. A net fronting allows for clear optical connection when using a wireless mouse. A small slit in the pouch front allows for easy connection when using a USB connected mouse. In addition, the pouch can be hand-washed and air-dried, is earth-friendly, made in the USA, uses no electricity, and has no cords attached.
Since the introduction of the Mouse Hand Warmer Blanket Pouch onto the market in 2008, and in response to its positive reception, several additional products have since been designed. The new ValueRays (Valueable Radiant Infrared Heat Rays) line offers a mouse and a mouse pad that provide infrared heat.
The Warm Mouse and Warm Mouse Pad are a USB infrared heated mouse and mouse pad made of a carbon fiber heating element. The mouse plugs quickly into a free USB port and is ready to use – it does not require any additional driver or software. An easy on/off switch on the USB cord allows you to turn the heat on or off as needed. The temperature is regulated between 99 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit keeping the hand comfortably warm. The majority of the heat is located in the palm of the hand. The mouse is light-weight and has a rapid cursor movement (800 DPI). The mouse is low voltage (5V) ensuring safety for both the user and the computer.
The Warm Mouse Pad also provides a radiant heat regulated between 99 and 104 degrees Farenheit. It requires two USB ports – one for a blue lighting function surrounding the pad and the other for the heating function. Either or both can be used depending upon your needs. The mouse pad also has a 4-port built-in USB Hub. The pad is a 10 x 10 inch black, compact panel suitable for all types of mouse usage.
A word of caution: The Warm Mouse may not be suitable for those with acute inflammation in the hand, those with loss of sensation, or young children. Although the temperature of the mouse does not become extremely hot, those with any condition causing sensory or circulatory deficits that may alter the way in which heat is dispersed by the tissues should be careful around any heated object.
Visit IGMproducts.com for additional information including product information and a learning center that discusses the health benefits of infrared heating.
Marji Hajic is an occupational therapist and a certified hand therapist practicing in Santa Barbara, California. For more information on hand and upper extremity injuries, prevention and recovery, please visit Hand Health Resources.
Marji Hajic, Occupational Therapist & Certified Hand Therapist
Poor Circulation & Arthritis of the Hands
Joseph Drader is an Author, Writer, Real Estate Agent, and he is an avid computer user with poor circulation of the hands and arthritis.
I received the ValueRays® Warm Mouse today, and like it says on the mouse itself "ValueRays" it is a "valuable" item. One thing I never liked about being away from home were the cold surface temperatures for my hands. So, it was school desktops and computer mouses giving me habitual cold hand cramps. As a result, and as a student having to take written exams, I got accustomed to not writing at all!
I really like the On/Off switch on the heated computer mouse making it convenient to turn on when heat is needed and off when heat is not wanted. This is important for the power supply.
The ValueRays® Warm Mouse is definitely a comfort and a healthy, professional item to use.
Occupational Therapy & Massage Therapy
Adam Parsons is a Massage Therapist, a Second-Year Occupational Therapy Graduate Student at the Virginia Commonwealth University and a part-time Occupational Therapy Technician. Adam uses assistive technology in various conditions including Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Plus, many of Adam's massage therapy clients suffer with wrist strains.
I received the Mouse Hand Warmer® blanket, The ValueRays® Warm Mouse and the ValueRays® Warm Mouse Pad. The three items used together make the perfect combination for heat applications during computer activities. The USB hand warmer devices generate plenty of warm infrared heat and are easy to use and set up. The infrared heat can easily be turned on and off when needed.
When a medical condition is determined, or in the case of certain injuries, I advise people to consult with a health professional before using heat or cold therapy. It's important to determine the best time to use heat and when to use ice. To determine whether heat is appropriate or if ice is needed, consult with a health professional for specific situations because in the case of some injuries, ice would be indicated until healing has occured.
It is also important for a computer workstation to be setup with adequate wrist support and computer desk ergonomics. Along with proper setup and use, the ValueRays® USB Infrared Heaters will keep your hands warm, loose and improve circulation.
Imagine warm, pain-free hands during those cold mornings at the computer!
Adam Parsons, OT/S
Fibromyalgia & Arthritis Thumb Joint Surgery
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