Tuesday, July 31, 2012

I've manged to crick my back in some way - can't say what I did (anything from digging, wood-loading to running after turkeys) Anyway I woke at about midnight last night with the muscles all locked up and sore, so I haven't done a lot more sleeping - or comfortable sitting. Amazing how much you use your back even when you think you don't. I'm going to shower, Ice gel, painkiller, bed.


  1. You have my sympathy. Your is probably from doing too many bending, weight-lifting, twisting things over the last days. Or not.

    Years ago a co-worker threw his back out while seated in his office chair. He reached to get a paper out of the bottom drawer of his desk.

    I've awoken with sore back muscles, too. Ice packs worked best with heat applied just before bed. Also, I've often resorted to sleeping in a comfy chair.

    1. Yes, you can do it doing the trivial things... so you may as well do the extreme! :-)

  2. Susie loves my ancient computer chair, it squeaks, moans, groans, dislikes being moved, bounces to maximum height at every opportunity, whines as its forced back to correct height. Susie says as long as she hears the chair, no matter if she's asleep, she knows exactly where I am.

    One of the major causes of back pain for people who spend a lot of time in front of their computer is the swivel pickup. As an ergonomics lecturer for each of my employers (sequentially), I got to demonstrate what people do wrong. And suffered the back pain I was trying to teach people to avoid. I was the stable income for several chiropractors in various towns and States.

    Picking something off the floor without first turning to face it is treating your spine as if you are an anaconda. Yes, I know you climb cliffs, in which case your are oxygen infused and have a high transfer rate (ie pulse) due to effort.

    Sitting in a chair for hours your oxygen transfer rate lowers, your muscles become largely lax except for the lower spine. Write an "Incident Diary" for two weeks. You will be astonished how many times you twist yourself in your chair to pick up something from your desk, and especially from the floor.

    What's so special about the floor, well that's when you use muscles that are low oxygen to twist in multiple angles simultaneously, and the lower back receives a multitude of unexpected tugging, and instead of flexing your muscles it flexes your spinal chord. Thereby "Ouch".

    If something is on the floor, move your chair out from the desk then aim your body directly towards the object. Follow the rules of heavy lifting, for even a paperclip requires use of the lower back lifting muscles, which are not energised and flexible at the time.

    If you want something on your desk that is out of reach without leaning forward, move back, stand up, face the object and then lean forward. The act of standing up will have started reoxygenation of the muscles and no spinal twist will be involved.

    regards, Ian

    1. good advice, but this injury almost certainly relates to moving wood at long range, as it was sore before I got the chair.

  3. Oh, and

    you have probably noticed that when you stand up, the first thing that happens is you yawn.

    That's your body seeking the oxygen necessary to take your muscles off standby and readying them for movement.