Posted by Rob Gordon on August 31, 2000 at 09:03:29:
In Reply to: back hurts posted by Lindzo on August 30, 2000 at 00:08:06:
: I have just started to play upright extensively and practicing daily I get this weird back pain...should I stretch out my back before I play?
I'm new to upright (one year) but not new to back pain. Depending on your
age and physical condition, your back problems may be mitigated by
maintaining a neutral body position while stnading.
This differs from person to person, and you really should see a good
physical therapist or kinesiologist for an evaluation, but the general rule
of thumb is to keep the knees slightly bent, and feet shoulder width apart.
Locking the knees puts an incredible amount of stress on your low back.
Other posters are correct in that the position depicted in the Simandl book
is bad for the back (knees locked, torso slightly forward).
I've had the best luck with alternating between standing and a stool, and
walking around as much as possible between sets.
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