Sewing without back pain

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I have struggled for a few years now with severe pain in the muscles  
of my mid-back after a couple of hours of sewing, cutting, pressing,  
etc.  Leaning over is apparently really hard on my old back.  I  
thought perhaps something to keep my back supported while I sew  
might help, so I ordered one of these:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00TD9Y5MS/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I just spent over almost four hours doing a lot of hand basting,  
sewing and  pressing and my back is MUCH better than it would have  
been without the brace.  \o/

NAYY,

... and wow, am I happy to be able to sew for more than two hours  
without feeling exhausted!

--  
Beverly
http://www.ickes.us


Re: Sewing without back pain
On Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 6:20:11 PM UTC-4, BEI Design wrote:
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I'm so happy you found something that works. I'm on my third round of physi
cal therapy to try to help my back pain. My hurts long before I start sewin
g and the problem is more than muscles. It's because I have stenosis and th
ere is not much that will help that. It's not going to get better and it mi
ght get worse..

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I hope you get some relief, chronic pain is the worst!



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On Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 5:20:11 PM UTC-5, BEI Design wrote:
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Thanks for the endorsement.  I see a lot of clerks in stores
with these type back brace/support on.  But when I see them
they have the things undone and I'm wondering how in the world
can that help if they don't have it cinched up?

Question:  Do you wear this over or under your shirt?


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They probably drive around with their shoulder belts tucked under  
their arm as well.  :-}

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Under, next to my skin.  I suppose I should give 'over' a try, it  
might make having to launder the thing less of an issue.

--  
Beverly
http://www.ickes.us


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I have one of those type of Back braces . I got it when I  strained a  
back muscle for a 2nd time . they are around 60? here in France but I  
got mine on prescription from the doctor so was fully reimbursed by  
insurance . Great on those days when I can just feel things are  
twingg-y. I wear it also for unloading the car when I am on a market.  
over my shirt but under my pullover. OH wears his for long car journeys.

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Claire in Montreal FRANCE
http://claireowenperso.free.fr

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Claire in France wrote:

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For now, I plan to use it for sewing only, I don't want to become  
dependant on it.  I suspect my biggest issue with sewing pain is  
posture, and it helps to keep my back upright.

--  
Beverly
http://www.ickes.us



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Ergonomics may be more of the issue.  Have you seen this?  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbmQ2riM7Yo


As a charter member of the bad back society, I've had to learn a lot of things the hard way,
and paying attention to ergonomics is one of the better things I've learned.  

The other thing I've learned is to keep moving.  I started out by setting a countdown  
timer for 15 minutes... when the bell went off, it was time to do something else.  Go do  
some pressing if I'd been sewing, or sewing if I'd been pressing.  Switch the pedal  
from the right foot to left foot.  Shift the foot that was on the floor for the one  
on the raised foot rest.  If nothing else, it was time to stop and stretch for 10 seconds.

I don't need the timer any more, but I do keep moving while I'm sewing.  Life is much better.

Kay


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Kay Lancaster wrote:
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Very informative, thanks!  Based on her suggestions my sewing  
machine table is at 29.25", a good height for me, and the needle is  
centered nicely.
http://www.ickes.us/SiteAssets/hints-and-tips/my-sewing-room/Singer%20401A.jpg

I just adjusted the height of my chair, it was a little low.

However, the serger bench DSIL built for me is currently too high,  
the machine beds are at 32".  I don't spend nearly as much time on  
them as on the Singer, but I will think about lowering all the  
brackets, and see how I like it.

My cutting board is 3' X 4', mounted on two storage cabinets, and it  
is 36" high.  I can pull out the top drawers to support folds of  
extra fabric.  No matter what I do, though, I have to do a lot of  
leaning while I'm cutting.  My ironing board is also a good height,  
31.5".  I have a gel pad positioned to keep my feet happy.

Kay, thanks for sharing that site, I hope it will help.

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I think I move a lot, although I have never timed myself.  But I sew  
for a bit, move to the ironing board, sew some more, move to the  
cutting table, sew, etc., etc.  A major issue that is I had to stop  
taking the anti-inflammatory I was taking for arthritis.  I had NO  
IDEA how much it was helping until I stopped.   Knees, hands,  
shoulders, back, hip ... Ow!

Thanks again,

--  
Beverly
http://www.ickes.us


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Great to hear that, Beverly! I remember that my grandma (who was born in  
1906 and died in 1993) used to say she was wearing her girdle to keep her  
back from aching. Mind you, I always thought it was more like a habit; I've  
seen pictures of her older sisters in full pre-WW I attire, including a  
corseted shape, long skirts and that bun on top of the head. Grandma, I'm  
sorry that I thought you were just pretending. And I'm sure her back must  
have ached a lot; until three years prior to her death she'd still go  
digging up the entire garden in spring, not only the vegetable patch but  
also the flower beds all around. And Beverly, I can imagine how your back  
must hurt after a couple of hours sitting and working only with your hands  
mostly. Good you found a solution.

U.  


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Ursula Schrader wrote:
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I have arthritis, and I had to stop taking an NSAID after I had a GI  
bleeding episode in August, so ALL my joints hurt worse now, but the  
back pain was starting to interfere with my favorite activity.

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Standing/leaning over the cutting table and ironing board were  
actually the worst triggers, it's just that all the hand work was  
what I was doing the last few days.

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Thanks,

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Beverly
http://www.ickes.us


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