Username Post: Anyone else get back pain from scrapbooking?        (Topic#1586853)
HappyCat
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I've been scrapbooking for about an hour and my shoulders, neck, upper and lower back are all in pain. This happens whenever I scrapbook for a long time. Anyone else have this?

Anyone know how to get rid of this? I'm pretty fit and don't have major health problems. I've always had back and neck pain with scrapbooking, but it seems to have gotten worse in the last few years.

Please help!


 
meezerpleaser
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Sounds like a job for a good chiropractor or a better massage therapist. I can recommend Sven

Seriously, unless you're standing up and leaning over to scrapbook, you shouldn't be getting that kind of pain.


 
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  • stick on 04-09-13 12:59 PM
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I would take a serious look at your ergonomics - how you're standing or sitting, what kind of chair you're using, how you reach for things and bend, how high you have to lift your hands and arms to work, etc. Also make sure you're not sitting for long periods.

Proper posture and body movement should make all the difference in the world!


 
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I'm going to get a massage next month, but that's a treat for me, not a regular thing, lol.

I'm sitting at the kitchen table. Everything I'm working on is right in front of me. Not standing or reaching to get anything. I have been sitting, but it's only been for about an hour.

I did some stretching and that helped a little, but when I sat back down, the pain started up again.

I have large breasts. I'm wondering if that could be it...


 
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Not so much back pain, but paper and other assorted cuts, staples, hammering my finger, poking myself with a needle, etc! lol

Make sure you get up and walk around, check the ergonomics, which has already been suggested.


 
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  • meezerpleaser Said:
Sounds like a job for a good chiropractor or I can recommend Sven





LOL!

If Sven is unavailable, I'd suggest getting up every 15 minutes and stretching. Do some shoulder shrugs/rolls, wave your arms about, twist, stretch some, gently move your head left and right and up and down. That always helps me. And then call Sven.


 
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  • charK on 04-09-13 01:41 PM
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Sorry to say......but is is the boobs! I have the same problem. NO snickering from the smaller endowed girls, lol. Rest those puppies on the table!


 
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  • charK Said:
Sorry to say......but is is the boobs! I have the same problem. NO snickering from the smaller endowed girls, lol. Rest those puppies on the table!



You know, it totally never occurred to me that it might be my boobs. Then I was paging through Facebook and one of my friends had a reduction last year and suddenly a light bulb went off.

Going to the doc tomorrow to see what can be done. I was determined to finish my pages so I stuck it out and now am in agony. so much pain.


 
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  • Vae on 04-09-13 01:52 PM
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  • charK Said:
Sorry to say......but is is the boobs! I have the same problem. NO snickering from the smaller endowed girls, lol. Rest those puppies on the table!


THIS.

LOL I have the same problem so I figure I can snicker along too but I do this all the time when I'm sitting.

Also, make sure you have a good chair. Kitchen chairs are horrible for me... they aren't the right height and they are usually not sloped at all. I have a seat cushion that I use which is designed to relieve pressure on the lower back. It's slightly sloped which is much better for you, and has a cutout at the back to reduce pressure on your tailbone.

Also, try switching to the kitchen counter for some things. Move your cutting area to the counter so that you have a reason to get up often and standing at the counter helps too since it's higher.

For the neck, since you're pretty much constantly looking down onto your work surface, you need to remember to do some stretches often. I had to do something to remember this so any time I get up to change my music or channel (whatever I'm listening to at the time) I stretch my neck and roll my shoulders.


 
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I have this same problem and don't have large boobs. I'm a B cup. I have the same problem sitting at my computer, too. I can't stand to sit here much more than 15 minutes. When I'm scrapbooking I get so involved that I don't stretch or get up and move around. I'm going to start consciously trying to remember to do that.

It's no fun when this happens while doing something that's so enjoyable for us.


 
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I agree. I don't think I could ever scrap at my dining room or breakfast tables...unless I found different chairs that would be the right height. The chairs are great for dining, but my back and shoulders ache when I try to do a project on them. My scrap chair is adjustable and I sometimes have to re-adjust it to get it just right...not sure why I have to readjust. I would really like to get one of those really nice ergonomic chairs, though. (Could you remind my husband of that before NSD and Mom's day? :D)


 
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I lift heavy weights to prime myself for scrapbooking


 
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depend on if i'm leaning over alot. i got a good office chair with back support


 
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I get this way if I scrap and/or sit for too long. Take frequent breaks to stretch and move around.


 
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  • charK Said:
Sorry to say......but is is the boobs! I have the same problem. NO snickering from the smaller endowed girls, lol. Rest those puppies on the table!



LOL! HEARD THAT!


 
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I can't comment on the boobs because I'm a fried egg girl myself.

But maybe one of your problems is actually because everything is to hand - you don't have to get up and move around? I deliberately keep lots of things further than arm's length away so that I have to get up and move - under the table, up on shelves, behind me. The more you move, the less your muscles get fixed in a certain position.

Also kitchen chairs are not built for sustained work. Have you got an office chair you could wheel in and play around with? Something you can adjust the height of?


 
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Thanks for all of your input, ladies! I have an appointment with my doctor for tomorrow to go talk to her about it. I'm looking forward to being able to scrap without pain.


 
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  • Vae on 04-10-13 11:53 AM
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  • RedSquirrel Said:
I can't comment on the boobs because I'm a fried egg girl myself.





 
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Do you tense up when you scrap? For example, hunching up you shoulders? That's what I do and that can cause all sorts of pain...I have to always remind myself to relax and keep my shoulders down.

http://artfulscrapbooking .wordpress.com/


 
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  • Artfulscrapbooking Said:
Do you tense up when you scrap? For example, hunching up you shoulders? That's what I do and that can cause all sorts of pain...I have to always remind myself to relax and keep my shoulders down.

http://artfulscrapbooking .wordpress.com/




I try to sit up straight and relax my shoulders when I scrap, but I do slouch a bit. Bad habit, lol. My mom tried to break me of it when I was a kid.

Scrapped for about 30 minutes today and got up before I felt any pain.


 
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I do a lot of scrapping standing up and since I can't stand still I generally don't have the pain. If I find I have to sit and scrap then I tend to get in my neck and between my shoulder blades.


 
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Not so much back pain but i do sometimes feel my shoulders getting tiref then i know it's time to take a break or stop altogether.


 
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Yes, I hurt when I scrap for long periods of time... sometimes my back.. sometimes I get like tennis elbow... which drives me crazy.. not to mention carpal tunnel.. so I tried not to sit for long periods.. I stand and sit and stand and sit... Good luck ... and mine is just plain on old age ...LOL


 
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besides the boobs (a problem which I would have absolutely NO clue about),,,,,it's possible you have some mildly bulging discs,,,,,,yoga is wonderful for back and neck pain,,,,I highly recommend a yoga ball and some gentle stretching. I've had some serious back problems for years, and yoga is my salvation,,,,,,well, that and cymbalta.


 
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Holly, I know you're not talking to me, but thanks for the recommendation on Yoga. I've thought about doing that for a long time. I really didn't think about it for back and neck pain though. That's a great suggestion. I've got yoga on my Nintendo. I think I'll start it this weekend.


 
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Scrapbooking's a pain in the neck...lol..for me. At home I get up and down a lot as I am easily distracted but at a crop or a retreat when all I am doing is scrapping I get a pain in my neck. At the retreats I attend there is a massage therapist there but as I don't care for massages, I will get up and walk around and stretch. ..works for me.


 
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  • crichards1 Said:
Holly, I know you're not talking to me, but thanks for the recommendation on Yoga. I've thought about doing that for a long time. I really didn't think about it for back and neck pain though. That's a great suggestion. I've got yoga on my Nintendo. I think I'll start it this weekend.




I recommend a yoga ball (get the one that's right for your height) and very GENTLE yoga,,,,

general rule of thumb,,,,if it starts to hurt,,STOP.

Youtube has some amazing yoga vids for "gentle yoga" too,,,,,


 
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Where do you buy a yoga ball where they have them according to height? That makes a lot of sense. Would you go some place like D i c k's Sporting Goods? Thanks for the suggestion.

Edited to say that I just Googled this and found out that I would need a 55 cm ball. I think I could find this at Target or WalMart. Thanks so much for the suggestion.


Edited by crichards1 on 04-14-13 09:42 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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Happycat...i USED to be a member of the BIG GIRLS CLUB,,,but had a breast reduction in 2004...the BEST thing i have ever done for myself. I woke up from surgery and my 20 yrs of upper, middle, and lower back, neck, and shoulder pain was gone. like, completely gone...instantly. After recovery, I looked and felt AMAZING!!! Before, I could not sit, stand or lie down for any length of time without pain. Talk to your Dr about THAT!! Ok, its not for everybody...but man, was it great for me!!! I have no more pain, bending over a table scrapping or otherwise...it has been life changing!! And yes, ladies, I did take before n after photos...they will EVENTUALLY be scrapped....


 
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Too funny! I have before and afters of getting an 'enhancement' vs. 'reduction' that will eventually be scrapped. My DGM writes poetry and sent me the most wonderful poem pre-surgery (and she also sent me a personal note about how she felt, given that we have the same 'small' genetics) and my DH sent me flowers because I had to go to a different city to have the surgery done. On the other hand, my DM, whose genetics I did not get, has had to undergo TWO reductions, one in the mid-eighties and another just last year. I can attest from talking to her how much back pain relief she felt from having the surgeries done.


 
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  • crichards1 Said:
Where do you buy a yoga ball where they have them according to height? That makes a lot of sense. Would you go some place like D i c k's Sporting Goods? Thanks for the suggestion.

Edited to say that I just Googled this and found out that I would need a 55 cm ball. I think I could find this at Target or WalMart. Thanks so much for the suggestion.



I got mine at WM, but when I went for a replacement after a couple years, they no longer had them,,,,,,yours might though,,,,,


 
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WM, Ross's, TJMaxx, Kmart, Target, Dic*s, Cabellas, and others have yoga balls, videos, weights, mats, bands etc.....to get you started. I've seen some at the grocery stores too!


 
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