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    Back ache

    I do try to get up and move around when I'm working on a piece once in a while, though, it's easy to forget when your really in the process.
    So i tend to get get some pain in the back and shoulders and when its really bad it's hard to sit through.

    Wanted to know what you guys do to counter this or what you do when it happens.
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    Go to a doctor. Also not sitting like a crouching gargoyle helps with me.
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    Lay on the hardest flat surface possible every now and then.
    Beds are bad for your back. The spin wants something hard and flat for support.

    I ruptured a disc about a year ago and part of the rehab was laying on a hard flat surface and it honestly really helped.
    Whenever I have back pain I just lay on my floor. I've even spent the night down there.
    I'd sleep there more often if I didn't live in Florida bug central lol.
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    Yeah i had back pains years ago, slept on the floor for couple of nights, cured. Also, regular exercise to strengthen your back muscles. Regular breaks from work too.

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    I, for a change, am gonna join the "don't ask for suggestions for serious health problems from people on the web" wagon.

    But, were I not on it, I'd suggest yoga, rock-climbing, at least some moderate exercise. But, see a doctor first.
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    If you go to Youtube and search for 'stretches for back pain,' you'll find lots of great exercises for dealing with this.

    Here's one that's helped me a lot.

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    I had a neighbor a long time ago that worked in her garden everyday for hours. She was in her eighties and all of that time bending over her whole life made it impossible for her to stand up higher than waist level. People aren't designed to live hunched over. Get up move, change how you sit, use an easel or something. It is obvious that something has to change. You need to expriement with different things until you find an approach that doesn't cause you pain.


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    We are evolved for constant moving about, not sitting for hours on end watching paint dry or shoving pixels about.

    Get up as much as you can, and when you do, move about a bit. I sometimes dance while waiting for the kettle to boil, do arm excercises while taking a piss (no, not those...), move up and down while cleaning my teeth, sit ups while putting my shirt on in the morning, wriggle about while wiping down the kitchen tops, clearing up dinner with a lot more physical movement that 'necessary'
    ...anything to make up for the fact that too much time is spent on our arses (that's asses to my American friends ).
    ...anything that means I don't have to do it by going to that human hamster wheel... the gym.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Bennett View Post
    sit ups while putting my shirt on in the morning,
    How does one do that?
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    Ah... Bit of a cheat but it has the same effect on the stomach muscles:

    STAGE 1: Lie on bed with shirt undone and legs hanging over.
    STAGE 2: Whilst doing up buttons, legs are hoisted up and down.

    Can be done with pajamas at night but not so good as there are less buttons.
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    Great ideas My back and shoulders isn't bad at the moment but I know they tends to get bad and was more looking for ways to avoid that and get it to go away when it comes.
    This should help me a bit.
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