Back pain and sitting position

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Jae Lee
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Back pain and sitting position

Post by Jae Lee » Wed Jan 18, 2017 4:52 am

I know this is a common topic, but I'd like your opinions.
I can't play guitar anymore because of my back pain. I discarded my footstool and used a few guitar supports (Ergo play, Murata, etc.), but I'm not satisfied with them. Finally I'm considering changing my sitting position in a completely new way. I'm thinking about the following two postures:
1) like flamenco guitar 2) place the guitar in the middle.
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Can anyone tell me any pros and cons of these postures?
The pics come from De Oro guitar support. Do you think it will be worth buying it and try these postures?

Thank you, Jae
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Re: Back pain and sitting position

Post by Vito Simplicio » Wed Jan 18, 2017 9:35 am

What works for one person may not work for you. I would suggest that you continue to explore all options until you come up with something that works best for you. Good luck and let us know how it turns out.
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Re: Back pain and sitting position

Post by Luis_Br » Wed Jan 18, 2017 10:28 am

I think it is better to find a good teacher.
If pain is too much look also for a therapist and maybe playing standing up for a while.

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Re: Back pain and sitting position

Post by Tom Wimsatt » Wed Apr 05, 2017 5:24 pm

I read this post with interest. I'm dealing with back pain also, at a point below the shoulder blade area. I cannot practice for more than 30-45 minutes without causing back irritation. I was starting to wonder if its the slight twist (of the back) while playing that might be the cause? It looks like the lap support design might be something I'll try.

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Re: Back pain and sitting position

Post by SteveL123 » Wed Apr 05, 2017 6:32 pm

Have you considered installing strap buttons and play standing up? I bought a Kris Barnett guitar support recently and even with it, still gives me discomfort after 45 minutes or so. I am going to experiment with shoulder straps with suction cups first and if it works well, install buttons to make it fool proof.

My guitar plays and sounds great now since I've fixed the crack, made a new nut/ saddle and dialed the action /intonation. It is not a Luthier built concert grade instrument so I am not worried about drilling into it. I probably would not drill into it if it was.

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Re: Back pain and sitting position

Post by Tom Wimsatt » Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:55 pm

I have also thought I might wind up playing standing up. I'm going to try a few other options first, but standing may be inevitable.

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Re: Back pain and sitting position

Post by Jack Douglas » Wed Apr 05, 2017 11:26 pm

I'm going out on a limb and suggest you look up or contact Serape Bastepe-Gray. She is a medical doctor and an occupational therapist and faculty member at Peabody Conservatory! She has a Utube video that discusses injuries to stringed instrument players. Her training as an occupational therapist makes her informed about such issues as your back pain.
I have personally experienced back pain and went to a physical therapist. I met Serape and she said an occupational therapist is the better specialist to consult.
Before investing in the many Guitar supports, seating choices, footstools try getting an occupational therapist to work with you or contact Serape if you're anywhere near Baltimore.
And Yoga would likely help.
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Re: Back pain and sitting position

Post by jcandidel » Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:20 pm

Clearly an non-orthodox position but I find it quite relaxing to sit on a sofa, leaned back with my guitar right to my right leg. Don't get tired at all. The only challenge is the position of the sheet stand between my legs...

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