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Thread: Posture....How the Heck Do You Sit Up Straight?

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    I find myself slouching all the time and its getting painful. I would ask hubs to tie me to the chair but I'd be afraid he would leave me there....on purpose! :lol: How do you make yourself sit up straight when you have to sit alot?

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    My neck and shoulders remind me.

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    I sit up straight after I'm sore. So I guess I'm not much help. Oh- what about tilting your sewing machine and making sure your work area is the right level.

    I always admire my dd- she has perfect posture, courtesy of the titanium rods aligning her spine after major scoliosis surgery. She will always stand nice and tall, although her hips and shoulders are not straight across, you'd never know it.

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    If you're sliding (not slouching), it's the chair.

    You can do exercises to strengthen your abdominal and lower back muscles or your "core" muscles or whatever, and that will give you a naturally straighter posture.

    Or just suck in the gut while sitting...

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    My posture is horrible. I would love to hear some suggestions on how to make it better.

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    I'm a quilter...We sit up straight??? :shock:

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    I use a lumbar support cushion. My sewing chair is just a regular wood dining chair.

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    My best friends Mother used to push her knuckles into the small of my back and tell me to stand up straight. After years of this, it finally paid off. I rarely slouch!

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    I confess I hunch over when I am sewing and tighten my shoulder, back and neck muscles. I find I need to get up and stretch and walk around every half hour or so, otherwise DH has to pry me out of the chair 'cos I can't move!

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    My back and shoulds hurt when I slouch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deecee
    I confess I hunch over when I am sewing and tighten my shoulder, back and neck muscles. I find I need to get up and stretch and walk around every half hour or so, otherwise DH has to pry me out of the chair 'cos I can't move!
    At a quilt guild mtg. years ago, we had a Physical Therapist as the speaker. She taught us to sew for 20 minutes, then get up, stretch, roll our heads gently side to side, shrug shoulders up and down. Breatheing techniques too. Breathe in and make your belly push out, not your chest and shoulders raising up. Some other exercises to gently stretch the chest muscles. Quilters and computer people tend to have shortened chest muscles because of the positions of their hands while quilting or typing on the computer. Try putting your elbows behind your back, hold for 10 seconds, do this several times, helps with the shoulder and chest muscles. Having good support behind your back, ie., a pillow, may help too.

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    Visualize a string hanging from the ceiling and connected to your head! Don't use the back of your chair for support.

    I vaguely remember some site that was yoga for quilters. Try google-ing that and see if there are any good tips.

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    When I was little, my Mom would have me walk around for 15 or 20 minutes at a time with a book on my head. She did this with all nine of us. I still do it and it helps me stand straight.

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    Sorry I am no help, I have scoliosis and haven't sat up straight ever! My piano teacher and mom would nag me to death about my posture, before they knew I had a crocked spine. I refused surgery and sometimes regret that decision!!

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    How do you break a habit? By practice, practice, practice.

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    We are suppose to sit straight and sew? Never knew that!!!!

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    I love those sewing studio set ups where everything is within easy reach from the sewing machine BUT....I purposely won't set mine up that way..having to get up to press etc forces me out of the chair and yes I have to constantly remind myself to straighten up. Lately its been my whole right arm giving me fits to the point where my hand goes numb.

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    I have to remind myself. Only when I feel the strain do I really take notice.

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    I somehow remind myself.

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    I also try not to have too many things extra close - such as
    ironing board, cutting mat, etc. That makes me get up and move. Also I use a timer for many things - including telling me when to stop sewing and stretch.

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