Back pains-due to medical condition?

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    Rachael Rosenbaum on #183273

    BS”D

    Well, I used to play a curve-back Heartland harp but recently switched to a Livia, with a rounded back. I’ve also learned more about ergonomics lately.

    A recurring issue: upper-middle back ache. When I play, I get this ache, and it is pretty unpleasant. I love playing my harp but it makes it feel like a bit of a burden when this pain comes.

    According to what I’ve read, it seems to me that I am sitting properly, or at least trying to keep thinking of it and doing it right.

    I wonder if the pain is due to a medical condition I have. It’s called diastasis recti, in which the abdominus rectus muscles are separated and weak. I’m trying to do exercises to correct it, but I’m still a long way away from the problem being repaired.

    Is it possible that the upper-mid back muscles are carrying some of what the abdominal muscles should be, and thus are overstrained?

    Thanks in advance for any insight-I could really use it!

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    Gretchen Cover on #183277

    My chiropractor gave me a great exercise that helps with the upper back area you describe. He calls it North, South, East, West. Stand straight (but relaxed). With your arms/hands by your side, reach down as far as you can pulling your shoulders down. Hold for 20 seconds. Then keeping your arms/hands by your side, raise your shoulders up as high as you can. Hold for 20 seconds. Again, with arms/hands by your side, open your chest and try to make your shoulder blades touch each other. Hold for 20 seconds. Lastly, give yourself a big hug wrapping your arms around you to touch your back. Hold for 20 seconds. Make sure you feel your muscles stretch, but not strain.

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    Rachael Rosenbaum on #183294

    BS”D

    Sounds easy enough! Thanks! How many do you suppose I should do?

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    Gretchen Cover on #183307

    I never thought to ask. I do it about 3 times. I also do side stretches and a few other yoga stretches. I also find it helps a lot to do 10 minutes of stretching in the evening. I don’t wake up feeling so tight.

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    Denise Hemphill on #246313

    Oh this sounds so helpful, thanks Gretchen!

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