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Note 322 – McKenzie D lumber roll to help you sit correctly

How many of you sit in a chair to type or write and don’t feel like you are sitting correctly? On the very first visit with my chiropractor, he asked me if I had a McKenzie D roll or similar lumbar support. I told him that there was something fitting that description under my desk … Continue reading

Note 316 – Fifty days to go…what’s kept me going

It only seemed like the other day when I mentioned that I had 100 days to go until my writing challenge ends. Now I’m starting the 50 day countdown; after today there will be 50 more posts and then who knows! eBooks, more posts, new challenge – the world is my oyster (wonder where that … Continue reading

Note 314 – Where and how do you sit with your laptop?

I’ve been talking a lot about posture over the last few weeks and today I was thinking about something my chiropractor said about where I usually sit and use my laptop. My response to that would be: at the dining room table (or similar table) on the train in bed on the settee Being very … Continue reading

Note 313 – Upper cross syndrome

This blog post is not a ‘writing fact’ as such but instead relates to the posture issues I have been talking about over the last few weeks. As a writer, I’m guilty of sitting at the computer incorrectly (or sitting anywhere incorrectly for that matter – more about that another day). Anyway, my chiropractor Mark … Continue reading

Note 312 – The Erector Spinae (group of muscles)

Being a writer, I spend many hours per week on the computer (and this is as well as my day job!).  As mentioned in previous blogs I have not been sitting correctly at the computer which isn’t helping my posture and spine.  My chiropractor, Mark Thomas (Chiropractor clinic), has been treating me for a couple of weeks now, and although … Continue reading

Note 306 – Take frequent micro-breaks from sitting

Although I am taking more regular breaks from writing and typing than I used to, I have promised my chiropractor that I will take them every 25 minutes. Knowing I like information, he gave me a leaflet to read called micro-breaks (by Craig Liebenson) which not only explains why 20-30 minute breaks are important but … Continue reading

Note 304 – Laptop stands can help with posture issues

Having a break after every 25 minutes of typing (chiropractor’s orders!) is certainly taking the pressure off my back. Also, when I looked through my notebook today, I found many ideas that I could use for today’s blog. This meant that I didn’t need to spend as much time sitting there poised or hunched over … Continue reading

Note 302 – Take care of your spine through good posture

My head, neck and back aches haven’t solely been caused by poor posture whilst sitting at the computer writing, but I certainly could have prevented it getting so bad if I had taken regular breaks. Stress and tension on the body can also be felt if you are sitting there feeling like you need to … Continue reading

Note 299 – The occipital bone

Yesterday in note 298 I blogged about the trapezius muscle which runs from the occipital bone (in the back of the head) and down the spine. According to Wikipedia, the occipital bone is “a saucer-shaped membrane bone situated at the back and lower part of the cranium, is trapezoidal in shape and curved on itself”.  It apparently communicates … Continue reading

Note 297 – Everyone’s talking about ‘writing time’

Everyone seems to be writing about ‘writing time’ at the moment, whether it’s having too much or not enough. Two examples I’ve read today are Give the pen to a busy person by Jamie Raintree and ‘Too much time on my hands by Vikki (The View Outside). Jamie gets so much more done when she … Continue reading

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