footstools and seats for bad back

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unicornio
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footstools and seats for bad back

Post by unicornio » Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:59 pm

I am recently beginning guitar, unfortunately I get lower back and hip pain when sitting, possibly Bursitis. Swelling and pain, that goes away after rest.

Can anyone recommend some online info, products etc to research, ie good seats, foot rests etc, to help me enjoy practice time more.

thankyou

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Re: footstools and seats for bad back

Post by Luuttuaja » Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:46 pm

Hi! There's a lot of discussions on this forum about alternatives to footstool. These include cushions and varous other supports between your left thigh and the guitar. Try search words such as Dynarette, ErgoPlay, Barnett, Gitano, for example. My back pains ended when I got a cushion under the guitar.

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Re: footstools and seats for bad back

Post by unicornio » Wed Mar 08, 2017 12:59 am

thankyou Luut

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Re: footstools and seats for bad back

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Re: footstools and seats for bad back

Post by unicornio » Wed Mar 08, 2017 3:51 pm

good stuff bear thx. I sat today on an old wooden chair with cushion, yep!

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Re: footstools and seats for bad back

Post by Michael.N. » Fri Mar 10, 2017 8:40 pm

There's also standing, another option.
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Re: footstools and seats for bad back

Post by Iain » Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:59 am

I used to get back pain after about half an hour of practice. After trying a few
Alternative rests apart from the footstool I settled on the Barnett support.
I now practice for longer periods without the pain.
It's probably the fact both feet are planted on the floor which keeps the lower back from twisting.

Well, that's just my tuppence worth.

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Re: footstools and seats for bad back

Post by souldier » Fri Apr 14, 2017 12:18 pm

As others have mentioned, you'll want to part ways with the foot stool and look into getting a guitar support. I stopped using a foot stool many years ago and have never looked back.

My favorite suction cup support would be the Diego De Oro support. You can also look into ergoplay. Otherwise I use a Barnett support as my go to, but some folks don't like dealing with having to install magnets inside the guitar. Personally I think the convenience, comfort and ease of use once the magnets are installed is well worth having to go through the process of installing them.

Pillows/cushions can also work and are convenient since they don't need to be attached or applied in anyway. The disadvantage is they lack adjustability and some people have to end up using them combined with a foot stool of some sort.

As far as chairs go, people recommend drummers thrones. You can adjust the height and they have ample padding.
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Re: footstools and seats for bad back

Post by unicornio » Sun Apr 16, 2017 7:57 pm

I will definately look into the supports recommended, thank you.

Over the years I was mostly used to lounging with the steel string, really interesting to note with the classical, focus on technique etc...posture is really important. A whole new muscle group in the arms being used too.

Picked up a sturdy old restored wooden chair with padded seat, sitting on that, being conscious of posture has helped the pain alot. Getting the footstool set to a height that suits also... until able to purchase a support recommended here.

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