Writing has all types of frustrations and downsides. Besides the obvious creative difficulties, writers’ block, criticism (both external and internal), and the mounting odds against commercial success, it also has some physical downsides. Sitting at the computer all day, or hunched over a notepad, can have some dramatic effects on your posture and overall comfort. After years of dealing with these issues, we here at Lawsc.net have some up with a series of things you can do to help avoid the pain associated with “writers hunch”, both with treatment and preventative measures.
Chiropractors, Fact or Fiction?
Many who follow scientific news may have seen several years ago when science writers Simon Singh underwent a long libel lawsuit leveled by a Chiropractor association in the UK. It brought up the issue of whether the chiropractic practice were somehow not “real” doctors. For whatever reason there is this continuing myth surround the profession, but I can tell you from personal experience that this stuff works! I’ve been going to an oceanside chiropractor for the past 2 years and I’ve always felt so much better after our sessions.
I can’t speak to the science behind it all, but they do seem to have a deep knowledge of the human anatomy and proper alignment. If you are out of alignment you generally will suffer the consequences, whether it’s with your posture during writing work, your stance during running or jogging, or other workout regimens. Even sitting with a wallet in your back pocket can have really big impacts on your spinal alignment.
Ergonomic Office Chairs
This tactic is more of a preventative measure, but also works to stop some pain from creeping into your daily life. Getting a nice, high quality ergonomic office chair is the best way to avoid poor posture going forward. It won’t necessary correct any alignment, but it will avoid falling into poor alignment, as well as being quite comfortable.
There’s lots of benefits of this besides posture, such as breathable fabrics so you don’t get hot/sweaty sitting for long hours, easy of motion when swiveling, as well as foot and headrest attachments. These chairs can range in price to the very expensive, but there is a reason for that. You know the saying, you get what you pay for, and that applies here. That being said, you can probably opt for one that is priced somewhere in the middle range, and still get lots of benefits.
Last tip here is somewhat of a hard truth. You should try to reduce the number of hours worked, and introduce some variety and other avenues of enjoyment into life. There’s lots of studies that show working long hours actually reduces your productivity, so instead of focuses on putting in hours, focus on putting in quality. You’ll be surprised how much you get done in a shorter time span.
Hope that this is helpful to all you aspiring Shakespeares out there. Know that you don’t have to sacrifice your comfort to put in good, quality work.