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Poll: What do you do to keep your back healthy during intense periods of work?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "What do you do to keep your back healthy during intense periods of work?".

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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Other Sep 19, 2016

Try to remember to sit up straight and not slump.

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Florian AUDRAIN  Identity Verified
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I use speech recognition software.
You don't have to keep your hands permanently on your keyboard; it really relaxes your arms and shoulders.


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Teresa Borges
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This is what I do during any period of work (intense or not):

1. I always exercise my fingers and hands before I start typing,
2. I sit well back in my fully adjustable leather office chair with a tall back and arm rests,
3. For lumbar support I bought a small special cushion (Orthia),
4. I have adjusted the seat height so that my feet are flat on the floor and my knees are equal to, or slightly lower, than my hips,
5. My screen is at eye level,
6. I have all objects I need within easy reach
7. I take 2-3 minutes breaks (almost) every hour to stretch and walk…

I must be doing something right as I’m older than most of you and I do not suffer from any of the common ailments generally attributed to sitting long hours at the computer, except for poor circulation in my legs specially in the warm weather which is probably more of an age thing…


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Katrin Bosse  Identity Verified
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Other - anything that helps survive a sit-down job... Sep 19, 2016

Ergonomic chair (Swopper), gel hand/arm rest pads, Yoga, dancing, physiotherapy, and decades of piano practise.

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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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Intense periods of work? Sep 19, 2016

What intense periods of work? I left those behind years ago.




Greetings from Aveiro, Portugal


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Chris S  Identity Verified
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Most of the above Sep 19, 2016

I sit on a Swiss ball so I'm not stuck in one position, I dictate to reduce keyboard work and I do insane amounts of exercise.

Mental health is more important, though, as I only really get back problems when I'm stressed. While work rarely stresses me out these days, the family is very skilled at it.


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Rita Utt  Identity Verified
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Swiss ball (half of the day) Sep 19, 2016

exercice and in case of very big problems I go and see my osteopath

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Platon Danilov  Identity Verified
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Excercise Sep 19, 2016

I take breaks and/or do excercise regardless of the intense of my work.
I also try to avoid rush jobs.


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Natalie Soper  Identity Verified
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I stretch! Sep 19, 2016

Actually I don't do much, because I'm such a fidget that I'm rarely sitting still for long periods of time.

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Henry Schroeder  Identity Verified
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Lie on your stomach Sep 19, 2016

Most days my back is not strong enough to sit and stand all day, so besides a midday nap I also do some of the correction work lying on my stomach. 10-15 minutes of this every few hours is totally sufficient.

If you try it, I'm warning you - the first few times you do it, you will be so distracted that you will hardly get anything done. You have to adjust your breathing, and above all your nervous system has to get used to being relieved of the stress and strain accumulated over X years without interruption.

[Edited at 2016-09-19 12:50 GMT]

[Edited at 2016-09-19 12:50 GMT]


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Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
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My back and the rest... Sep 19, 2016

...are kept healthy using a well-known recipe : moving my backside from time to time, sleeping enough, eating well and doing very unhealthy things now and again to remind me that healthy things are definitely better for my health.

Philippe


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Hege Jakobsen Lepri  Identity Verified
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Other - a combination of the options Sep 19, 2016

I constantly work on improving my workplace ergonomics
I change positions (and sometimes rooms) frequently
I exercise every day (yoga, stretches, weights and walking/running)
and I also enjoy the occasional massage (esp. after intense periods of work)

(And I wonder - when did I submit this poll? Years ago, for sure!)

[Edited at 2016-09-19 14:21 GMT]


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Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
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Not much Sep 19, 2016

Not much really, but I to make regular breaks, when I stand up and do something else.

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R-i-c-h-a-r-d  Identity Verified
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Nothing, I do nothing. Sep 19, 2016

It's an interesting topic because my family has a history of back problems. My father had to quit playing golf, and my brother has an adapted car for work, but I have no back problems whatsoever even though I spend most of the day sitting in a chair.

The answer to this riddle is probably because I moved to the humid tropics in north-eastern Brazil fifteen years ago. I can only put it down to the hot, humid conditions, as I haven't had any problems or niggles for ten years, and I've been living here for fifteen.

I hope that's an insight to some of you who may have constant back problems, and I've often heard people wishing to move to warmer climes in an attempt to resolve serious problems.


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