Writing Hazards

I write this while in excruciating pain. I know, I'm so dedicated. 

On a serious note, my hope is that readers will take the following suggestions to heart so that they don't have to experience what I'm currently going through.

Writing may seem like a sedentary behavior, but even sitting on your chops can have ill effects on your health. This is especially true if you write for hours on end.

I thought I was doing the right thing by sitting in different areas throughout the day and getting up and moving around every half hour or so. Apparently, I thought wrong. The huge knots on both sides of my back are pretty good indicators that I need to be more health conscious while I'm working.

My doctor made some simple suggestions to help me avoid crippling neck and back pain in the future:

  • Keep the top of your computer screen at eye level
  • Use ergonomic furniture
  • Buy a computer chair with a high back and armrests
  • Make sure office furniture sits at the appropriate level

The appropriate level for a chair allows you to comfortably rest your arms on the armrests and your feet on the floor. It's important that your desk is the right height to ensure that your computer is at eye level, so that you aren't straining your neck to view the screen.

I'll be swiftly incorporating this advice myself. Rest assured that I don't ever want to feel like this again. My heart goes out to those in chronic pain. They are truly the strongest people in the world.

Please share any other suggestions you have to help writers avoid neck and back pain while working.

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  1. Thank you for those great tips! Sometimes, even something as simple as posture can greatly affect a person’s body, especially if that person has grown accustomed to it. As for the part about moving around, I think it would have been more beneficial for you if you did some stretches, rather than just changing your position over time. There are some simple ones you can do, even without standing up from your desk. Anyway, I hope that you’re not experiencing any of those writing hazards anymore. Good day!

    Mark Wallace @ Chiropractic Memphis

    1. Thanks so much for the well wishes and the tips. Each day I feel a bit better. Thanks so much for asking.

  2. I think this is the first discussion I've come across that addresses this very real problem. Writing can become obsession, I've discovered. Thank you for the advice.

    1. Thanks so much for your kind words. You are so spot on about writing's potential to become an obsession. Hope the advice is truly helpful.