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How do you guys deal with lower back discomfort?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by thedon23, Dec 23, 2011.

  1. thedon23

    thedon23 Elite Member

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    For the past like 5 years, I'm on the computer most days, which requires sitting for HOURS. I'm a young guy, 19, and I'm already starting to experience lower back discomfort/pain. I wouldn't say it's so much..a shooting pain, but just feels uncomfortable and irritated.

    I'm sure I'm not the only one here who spends countless hours on the computer. For those of you who have a similar problem. what do you do?
     
  2. IncentPath

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    Hit the gym and work out your back.
     
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    Set your timer for every 45 minutes, get up, walk around, grab a drink, get back to work.
     
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    marusia Senior Member

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    Honestly? I use a desktop on my floor and alternate from laying on my stomach and sitting up. LOL My friends who skype chat with me think I'm crazy and that it must hurt. I do it about 16 hours a day, 7 days a week. I'm used to it. :-/
     
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    transam7410 Power Member

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    get a premium chair, exercise helps too
     
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    I hear you. I have tried to strengthen my core over the last few weeks which has been somewhat helping. You should also experiment with different sleeping positions and find one that doesn't make your situation worse (if its more of a constant type of thing).

    They have special chair seats for people who spent a lot of time at the PC. Those might help.

    My situation is a bit more extreme though, disc space narrowing in 2 spots. >_<
     
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  8. thedon23

    thedon23 Elite Member

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    Yeah, I'll look into getting a better chair. I do go to the gym regularly, but most of my back workouts are upper back. I'll have to find some good lower back workouts.

    Might have to try that out, LOL. My girlfriend is gonna make fun of me for the rest of my life.

    Noted, good idea. Thanks bro.

    LOL. I've tried to lay on the floor, but it just isn't that comfortable for me.
     
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    deekay619 Newbie

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    I had the same problem a few months ago. My back got completely blocked and I was in excruciating pain. I went to an orthopedist and turns out my computer obsession earned me a small spine deformity. Luckily it's very minor and not visible, but still causes pain.

    The doctor said that simple 25-30 minute workout every day completely eliminates all pain within one month. Not only that, but the workout also dramatically reduces risk for many other diseases. The workout doesn't have to be in a gym, doesn't have to be anything special even. Simply walking or jogging for 30 minutes every day will do the trick.

    Also, if you can - order one of these "spine massage" mumbojumbos. They are called "Kosmodisk". Just a plastic corrugated strip that you wear along the spine. I tell you, it does WONDERS. It gives you a constant 24/7 massage and relieves almost all pain instantly. Will help you stand straight and tall too. I think they cost about $40 but I got one from DHGate (china wholesalers) for $15. Just tell them that you want a sample before ordering a bigger batch. They'll happily send you a sample for a low price.
     
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    Fitness and sex!
     
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    I have a nice comfy chair with good support I bought at staples for $90 and then A $15 back messager pillow from kmart that does WONDERS! I noticed that most chairs have that small indentation on the bottom and that is honestly the culprit of the lower back pain. I also do crunches to strengthen the core.

    I have a larger back massager that i use when it really gets to me.

    Dont mind taking breaks though and getting out of the house, going for walks....some of that time you take away from the computer brings true inspiration for techniques.
     
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    I'm suffering from Sciatica. Intense pain always from left lower back to entire thighs and leg. I'm suffering from it since 2004 and could not find any cure.

    The only cure which worked on my pain is regular YOGA but I'm too lazy to do it daily.
     
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    popcrdom29 Senior Member

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    I know exactly what you're talking about. I used to have a lot of back problems too when I had a 9 to 5 job, it was killing me. But I quit that job many years ago and I'm now self employed but I still had backache for a while.

    Here are some remedies:

    1. Make sure that your work area is ergonomic - comfortable chair, desk and/or keyboard set at the proper height, monitor set up properly. (Google some websites for proper instructions)

    2. As mentioned above, start working out if you already haven't done so. This is what helped me the most. Do some weight resistance, cardio and yoga. If you are unsure of what exactly to do, buy 1 or 2 personal fitness sessions at your local gym. They are certified trainers so they should be able to offer assistance.

    3. Take a break at least every hour. Go for a walk and do some stretching.

    4. If you are overweight, consider dropping some pounds. It's been proven that overweight people have higher occurrences of back and health problems.

    5. Eat a proper diet. What does that consist of? Lots of vegetables, fruits, lean meat... you get the idea. Eat better and you will feel better. Try to stay away from junk food - you should already know what that consist of.

    I hope this helps.
     
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    Get a premium chair that has a pad that adjusts to support your lower back. I have the Kimball Skye and I sit in it for 10 hrs a day with no back pain.
     
  15. thedon23

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    Thanks everyone. I'll definitely look into buying a new chair, as some of you mentioned. I think that might be a big part of my problem. I don't think my work place at home is very..ergonomic.

    Also, I just ran across this, and did about 20 repetitions. It felt really nice on my back..check it out

    http://www.ehow.com/video_4465971_lower-back-exercises-home-workout.html
     
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    I have a curvature in my spine, sitting at the computer for long periods of time really makes my whole back ache.

    What helps me?
    Walking
    Swimming
    Massages
    Meditation
    Osteo Therapy
     
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    Not sure if this really contributes, but I spend probably about 35-60% of my awake time on the computer, and I alternate between leaning over the back of my chair, sitting up straight, and sitting leaned back. Leaning over the back is surprisingly comfortable and keeps me feeling "loose".
     
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    As someone who suffers from a herniated disc. Alternating between sitting down and standing works pretty well for me, (this being straight forward for me as I use a laptop), I move the laptop to a higher position for standing.
    To strengthen the lower back look up the " superman" exercise ( bodybuilding.com), cannot beat it as the best lower back workout, without using weight( adding excessive stress).
     
  19. songer

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    Sitting for long periods tightens your hip flexors (muscles including the psoas that run from the upper thighs into the abdominals. Tight hip flexors are a very common precursor to lower back pain. I've been a personal trainer for years and it's the most common predicament I see in people who sit at a desk all day. Do a search for "hip flexor stretch", there are plenty of easy ones you could do every couple of hours during a quick break. I do these (along with regular weight training) religiously and I've never had so much as a minor lower back ache from working on a computer all day.

    Don't wait till you're already in pain, this is a lot easier to prevent than it is to cure.
     
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    you could just do away with sitting altogether and get a standing desk