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    Senior Member twospoiledhuskies's Avatar
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    I prefer sewing standing up. I have an island in my design studio and I don't have to be hunched over my machine. This causes much less stress to my neck/shoulders. When I designed my room I put in two sewing stations-don't use either one (go figure) :D

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    I can't believe how times flies when I am in my sewing room. The timer is a great idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisB
    I used to have neck pain all the time from sewing and other things. I started wearing a magnetic necklace about eight years ago and it really works for me. I got mine at a craft show by a friend who makes them. There are cheap ones but are not as strong or helpful. My hubby starting wearing one after seeing how much it helped me and he also swears by them now. At times I will start to get a neck ache but it quickly goes away. We wear them all the time, only taking them off to shower. Wear next to the skin.
    Where do you get these? Would love to try

    Maiziedo

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    That was so funny as I sat here doing the yes, no, maybe reading it. All your suggestions are great and will try and remember to stop once in a while, it is just so hard though when you know you have to get so much done and the tension is terrible sometimes. Thank you all so much for your help.

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    Take active breaks and ibuprofen haha

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    I too take loads of breaks but I also sit above my machine--I am very short and found that sitting normal made me hunch over so I raised my chair up very high and placed my feet on a small stool. I found my posture was much better and I am more relaxed not to mention I have a much better view of my work. If all else fails & you do get stiff & drawn try this trick-- take a thin towel, dangle it & wrap it like a rope, then place around your neck. It give great support and keeps your shoulders relaxed-

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    where can I purchase them?

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    Put a dixxy cup filled with water in the freezer. When frozen, peel off the first inch or so of the cup. Have DH or someone, rub the ice up and down your neck while you stretch. This is called an Ice Massage. It is wonderful! (RN in Boise)

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    My neck got to hurting so bad that I had to have physical therapy. Three months later it hurts much less but I'll always have to keep up the exercises to make sure I don't lose the strength and stretching I've built up. Up and down and side to side movements, stretches, and relaxation techniques, as well as time away from the machine & chair, are all very necessary. A kitchen timer is a must. Neck pain sux! Good luck to you! :)

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    The ideas here are definitely useful! I use door stops under the back of my machine to tilt it forward--helps greatly!
    I also use a bag filled with flax or rice, and heat it up and place on sore shoulder/neck area. Drink lots of water, remember to breathe, do stretches while taking breaks!
    Best to you! :)

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    Lots of mini breaks, and several squirts of Cobroxin

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    In the medicine aisle there are some things called salon paz or pas, which are patches that you can put on the trouble spots. Help immensely - I leave mine on for a whole day and night, I put them on after bath and leave them on until the next night for bath, but sometimes leaving them that long can mark your skin a little. They are wonderful, though, give them a try.

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    Are you sewing at the dining room table with a dining chair? Bad move. I had all the same problems. Now my machine is lowered and I have an adjustable chair. I learned this working in an office for 33 years. Work with hands the same level as the elbows and feet flat on the floor, knees and buttocks on the same level. You can use a good folding table with metal legs and have the legs cut down to the right height for you. My folding table is only 26" high! And stretch before, during (frequently) and after sewing. Good luck.

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    Sherrie Dlux and Everyone,

    Let's all remember that the HEATING PAD is our friend.

    Long story short - neck fusion and age and other stuff equals 15 minutes with the heating pad, frequently. At least, daily time. It works well for me.

    Hoping you will feel better soon,

    Quilter68

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    While driving, reading or sewing to long, I do this exercise often. Put your hand on your forward pushing your forhead back with your hand, but at the same time resist with your head pushing your head forward. Hold for about a count of ten. Now repeat for each side and the back of your head.

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    Learned from a quilter friend: Put a hard baseball between your shoulder blades (you'll KNOW when you hit the spot because it HURTS!) Lean back in your easy chair and keep the baseball on the sore spot for, oh, say, the duration of the newscast, or your favorite one-hour program. Believe it or not, the baseball therapy really works. I've even used the baseball in the car, for pain relief.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeAnn
    I have the same problem. I take breaks often. Also, when you're sitting at your machine take a momement and pull your shoulders down to stretch them. I have a tendency to pull my shoulders up and they get very tense. I know it's miserable and frustrating not to mention the pain.
    I do the same thing. I have the neck pain from a whiplash accident several years ago. Dr. said it will never get better and arthritis will set in as I age. I take a break every hour, do some stretching I learned in my water aerobic classes and take two Tylenol. Works for me.

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    Badger sore muscle rub. I sold it at my gift shop and when we closed we ordered a case just for us. I think you can get it at Cracker Barrel. Love that stuff, also the sleep balm works.
    I still take a break or two when I'm working for a long time on something.

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    Take tons of breaks. Get up walk around and stretch your neck, shoulders and arms. I have ulnar neuropathy in my right arm/shoulder area so I know how you feel.

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    Same problem here. Have a great chiropractor and massage therapist. Sew no more than 20 min. at a time. Sewing/embroidery machines are about 5 inches higher than set in machines. I am short and need shorter sewing table. Higher one nearly killed me. Rubbing on theragesic or Biofreeze will give temp. relief. Ibuprofen helps me, but I hate pills. Wishing you well.

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    <--- loves her Biofreeze but Aspercream works well, too, and all pain pills do horrible things to my tummy!

    Quote Originally Posted by overdew
    Rubbing on theragesic or Biofreeze will give temp. relief. Ibuprofen helps me, but I hate pills. Wishing you well.

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    I make sure I have to get up to press my block. Following Kaye England's instructions piece the block together - then press. Also, as stated before, make sure you drink lots of water.

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    Don't work so long a time without stopping to stretch and relax. Then, of course, there is the good ol' BioFreeze.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SherrieDLux
    I worked for 5 straight hours 2 days ago on a quilt for my D/D for Christmas, yesterday I couldn't even move I hurt so much in the neck and left shoulder, nothing seemed to help. You guys are so wonderful on here, I was wondering if anyone else did this, and if so, can you tell me why or how to avoid it. Thanks for listening..
    I don't need to work five hours to end up as your did. A half an hour will do that to me. That's why it takes me forever to get anything done. :-( After about a half an hour I have to sit with a heating pad on my back and neck and recover!

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    You can buy a machine tilter, but door stops you can buy at the Dollar Store work as well. Just put them behind and under your machine and tilt the machine forward so you don not have to hold your shoulders up when you sew!

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