Hello Passionate Readers! Summer is usually a great time to relax. But for those of us who suffer from back pain, especially us writers, relaxation is not that easy. Here’s author Rhonda Frankhouser to tell us how to to avoid “writer’s back.”
How to Avoid the Dreaded Writer’s Back
By Rhonda Frankhouser
Contemporary Romance Writer-Fellow Back Problem Sufferer
With every career, comes some chance of injury. Football players risk concussion, police officers risk death. Even being a writer has its risks. Oh sure, they don’t usually face anything quite so daunting as the other two career paths mentioned, but the danger they do face is REAL and can sideline them in a hurry.
To be successful at their craft, writers must sit for hours and hours, enslaved by the whine and whim of their characters. Writer’s Back starts innocently enough. At first, it’s a tiredness that builds in the neck and then the muscles down the spine slowly begin to contract. Soon the unconscious wiggling begins. The elbow leaning. The stretching from side to side, the bend forward, then finally the cramp. Nothing seems to keep that tiny ache from drawing the writer’s attention away from their persistent characters.
As smart we writers are, many of us turn a deaf ear to the body’s warning. It’s screaming to please stand up, go for a walk, breath some fresh air and STRETCH ME properly, OR ELSE. Sitting is the new plague of this generation, especially for those who earn their living at a keyboard. The contraction of the muscles as well as compaction of the spine is just the beginning of the end for those who sit. A sedentary life can also lead to problems with digestion, impaction of internal organs and obesity, just to mention a few.
But there is help. There are ways to answer the call of the character and take care of the body at the same time. These are just a few suggestions I received from my own Orthopedic surgeon to give my back a long, strong life, and to keep the blood flowing to that all important creative brain:
- DICTATION SOFTWARE
- DRINKING A GALLON OF WATER A DAY – MAKES YOU GET UP FREQUENTLY TO STRETCH AND AIDS IN DIGESTION
- ERGONOMIC DESKS/CHAIRS
- INVERSION TABLE
- PILATES/CORE TRAINING
- SIT/STAND DESKTOP
- STRETCH EVERY HOUR NO MATTER WHAT
Even if only one or two of these suggestions are incorporated, it will surely extend the writer’s career exponentially with the added bonus of a better quality of life for them and their families. Good luck and take care of that precious back.
Go out and make beautiful memories,
Author of Contemporary Romance
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