Writing can be a pain in the butt
“Do you have to write?” asked my physio.
Well, it is my income, my passion and my day job, spasmodically paid as it is, so yeah, I sort-of do need to write.
“Then you and your writing and your butt are going to have to learn to work (and NOT work so often) together.”
Now, after ignoring my manuscript, my blog, Facebook and as many other activities that require sitting as I can, enabling me to catch up on heaps of other things, I’m past the agony stage and into aggravating discomfort. I must be getting better. Seems like a good time to address the issue of back care for writers and other desk jockeys and sedentary types.
According to my physiotherapist, when we sit for long periods, everything contracts and compresses, and then presses onto nerves and muscles that don’t like it much and the only way they can tell us they hurt is to make us hurt worse.
So the tricks:
- Get up regularly and move around – stretch, bend and arch that back in a reverse position (walking stiffly to the kettle or the loo does not count)
- Walk regularly outside of the house – in the fresh air – go up hills and down dales and stretch all sorts of different muscles
- Ensure your desk chair is ergonomic and correctly positioned for your height, build and good posture.
In keeping with doctor’s orders that’s it for this short post – most of which was written standing up. Except to say, if you have any tips or advice for back care or good writerly ergonomics, I’d love you to leave them in the comments.