Sunday, March 27, 2016

Neck pain

I have been at the machine more lately and for about a week have experienced neck pain. I don't know if it was my pillow or the height of my sewing chair.

I know you are suppose to be high enough to have your feet flat on the floor and the arm at a 45 degree angle with the machine bed. I thought I had that.

I thought well adjust my chair up higher. Sewed that way a few days and it was worse. My neck and shoulders then hurt. I was leaning over to much and didn't have my straight back I was leaning into the machine.

I put it back down and now I will start over in a few days and see if I can come to the right spot to do this pain free.

Having you tools and machines at the right height is important for the fatigue issue over time. Awful to get old.

I made a cake and frosted it today and was planning on cooking out on the grill. It rained so instead made hamburger Stroganoff from scratch. It was really good. I have leftovers to eat at lunch the next couple days.

Steaks can be done tomorrow. Trying to eat cleaner and not use prepared items like salad dressings and canned creamed soups. Get rid of all the junk in our food if possible. For the most part I do that, but have relied on the canned soups to much to pull casseroles together. Trying to get away from that problem.

Hope all of you had a nice day. Chris

4 comments:

Karen said...

Perhaps tilting your machine for better visibility would help. I like to tilt mine like this quilter does.

http://fabricbias.com/2007/07/quilting-and-the-shape-of-your-head/

Hope this helps.

Katie M. said...

I'm so short that I always work at chest level! And my left foot is usually wrapped around the chair. this is what I'm used to and comfortable with and so I stick with it. If I did everything "they" say, I'd be lost - always wondered who "they" are......????

suzanne, dutchess county NY said...

I either find I am too low and I am scrunching my shoulders lifting my arms higher or I make my chair too high and I am leaning down to see.
Are you leaning in to see? I am not totally happy with my glasses prescription either. It's a constant battle for the right balance.
Having my machine set in a table helped a lot. I got a new machine and have it sitting on a small craft table right now and the height is a bit awkward. My husband is making me a table but that is not an instant solution. I will be patient.......
Until you find your perfect solution, get up and stretch in between.

Agnes Lawson said...

Funny you mentioned neck pain and your staring down at the machine. I have been trying to tell my daughter that staring down at her phone all the time is going to result in her experiencing the same. It wasn't until the other day she noticed some pain, and now understands why you have to take a break once in a while.