Monday, February 25, 2013

Small Changes, Big Payoffs



When I posted about Taking charge of ME to alleviate back/hip pain, LC from Retirement Daze commented
that she found a post that would be a lot of help to me.
The New Sixty post really helped me.   If you suffer back pain, read what she said, if not keep on bloggin.

I now Sit like the photo above, Sit straight when watching TV, NO SLUMPING.. Stand straight with shoulders back and I do not slump on the sofa with laptop in lap...

IN SHORT Sit/Stand Straight and Tall..... it is working for me.

Sit up Straight and Tall like ME....Jungle Gardens is where I live


 AARP magazine article Small Changes, Big Payoffs, will also help with back and hip pain. Below 2 that I am attempting.

1. Tilt your rear view mirror, it will fource you sit up straight
2. Sit so you can High Five your computer screen

After 3 weeks of exercise in the pool, sitting up straight, cutting down on time on computer, the numbness is gone from my leg, and I am pain free except for OLD AGE stuff....

38 comments:

Arkansas Patti said...

Oh Sandra, I am so pleased for you. Isn't it amazing that such a simple adjustment can make such a difference in our lives? You have made my day knowing someone else has benefited.
Thank you for the shout out.

Deb said...

That is awesome.... Makes good sense too

Gail said...

That is wonderful news. So that is why our parents said, sit up straight, don't slouch...they knew what was coming.

Pam ;) said...

Great tips- I'll try them all. Thanks Sandra be well n happy ~:)

GOOSE said...

Tea MOM should do this. But she just loves to sit on the couch with the puter in her lap.
Blessings,
Goose

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! My mom is not a senior and her back hurts ... sitting on a ball helps and yah regular exercise too. She plans to buy one of those back straps, have you seen those. Happy Monday. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

Wonderful report!

Now, don't go back on any of your attachment to good habits! I say this, because I usually do... -moan-

Me-thinks all bloggers should *grab* that how-to-sit info and pass it on. With shout-out to you, of course.

Remington said...

Happy to hear you are feeling better. I tried to sit like that but I fell off the chair....must not be for doggies....

George said...

I'm glad these tips are helping you. Now if you could only come up with something for the OLD AGE stuff.

Rebecca said...

Good news. And thanks for sharing the tips.

Madi and Mom said...

Excellent information and sure to be tried by the Mom!!! She is taking a lot more breaks from the 'puter than she used to do.

MOM loves that VW commercial too.
Hugs madi and Mom

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Glad to hear that you are finding ways to keep the pain and numbness away.

TexWisGirl said...

very glad to hear it!

my laptop is low - not eye level. but i sit on one of those exercise balls instead of a chair. keeps me more movable and i don't get the stiff aches like i did if i camped in a chair. besides, i tell myself it's better for my core. :)

Susannah said...

Those are my rules for my back, too. I have to stick to it or I am in trouble.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Yes, I can tell a big difference when I sit correctly. But I have a tendency to want to slump, thinking it is more comfortable. We also need to guard against sitting for too long a periods of time because of the potential blood clots in legs.

Now, what can we do for the old age stuff?

Linda said...

You should have seen me as I was reading this post. Head up, shoulders back... suddenly realised how slumped over I am when sitting at the computer. Thanks for the tips and glad that you are feeling a lot better since your recent regime to improve the back and consequently the leg problem.

From the Kitchen said...

I invested in a good computer chair a few years back and what a difference it made! Glad to hear you've found the way to a healthy back!!

Best,
Bonnie

Ginny said...

So glad it's working! He looks like he is eating shredded wheat!

SweetMarie said...

I do tend to slump and I catch myself all the time! As you know I have back and neck problems. Great advice! Really cute photo!!!

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

I try to sit like this...but I get tired then lay on the couch. I do feel better when I sit up, glad you are making progress except with Old Age stuff:)

DawnTreader said...

Yes, how you sit can make a big difference. This reminds me I have to buy a new chair for my study because in a month or so they'll take away the one I've had on loan for 12 years... Rules and regulations, too complicated to go into!

EM Illustrator said...

That's a great rule we should all follow, I tend to 'sag' a little when I sit due to my height. Especially having to sit all day at work, but I have a back support in my chair and I have to force myself to sit up straight. I find it that pilates helps me a lot to strengthen my ab and lower back muscles.
Enjoy the rest of your day!

LC said...

Woohoo! So glad you continue to improve. I have been working on making some of those changes, too. That cartoon is helpful.

Betsy Adams said...

Gosh--I should have told you also about Arkansas Patti's post... Glad it is working for you also.

I found that when I was hiking, my lower back would start hurting... I decided that I was slumping while walking--since my walking sticks were too low. We changed the sticks and now I stand up straight. Guess what? NO back pain!!!!!

Glad you are better.
Hugs,
Betsy

Miss Debbie said...

Good for you! Amazing the difference small changes can make!!

Ann said...

I'm constantly reminding myself to sit up straight. I should post that picture on my desk. Glad to hear it's all working for you now if we can only figure out something for the old age stuff

Chatty Crone said...

I read the same article and I used to get massages when I had money - lol - and they told me how to sit at the computer - she is right. I am glad your back is better. sandie

Dee said...

My grandson has been complaining about his back and legs because they changed chairs at his desk at work...I will show him this tip. I am glad it has helped you so blogging is not painful.

SquirrelQueen said...

I'm glad to hear your back and legs are feeling better, pain is not good. While I do sit up straight most of the time and keep my shoulders back while walking I am not good about it when I'm on the computer. I have that exact chair but it's at the other desk. I sit with my feet propped up on the desk and the keyboard on my lap. The catch is I don't stay seated for long periods. A half hour tops and I'm up doing other things.

Catherine said...

There are days where I am just sitting at work, typing and working on the computer. I asked for a 'stand up' keyboard tray. I can sit and type or I can stand and type. That has helped me keep off the ol' booty for at least a few times during the day. It's helped the back lots. Back pain is not fun!
Glad your legs are feeling better. Yup, old age sucks but so does the alternative I guess. LOL!
xo Catherine

Cranberry Morning said...

Good for you, Sandra! I'm so glad to hear you're getting relief. I need to take these lessons to heart, and I need to start by getting a comfortable desk chair.

Betty Manousos said...

great tips! thanks for the advice.
a comfortable desk chair can do wonders indeed.

i am so glad to hear you're getting relief and that your back is better.

diane b said...

Certainly some good tips here. They are similar to what we are told at the gym and what my Physio has said. I am glad that you are getting some relief. Mine has improved since I have been doing my physio exercises and gym three times a week.

diane b said...

Certainly some good tips here. They are similar to what we are told at the gym and what my Physio has said. I am glad that you are getting some relief. Mine has improved since I have been doing my physio exercises and gym three times a week.

crafty cat corner said...

So glad you are better, there's nothing worse than a bad back, everything hinges on it (excuse the pun)
My Tom suffered from disc problems for years and even endured a plaster cast in the 70's
As for all the other old age problems best not get me going. lol
Briony
x

EG CameraGirl said...

Great advice. Hmmm. I hope I will follow it.

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Wonderful advice that I need to take heed of!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Sandra, thanks for the blog link, which I did follow and read and found that I do have the same bad habits of poor posture. It is hard to work on correcting years of incorrectness, but I do try and Grenville is a helo as well. Glad to hear that your ailmentsare bothing you less these days.