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hey all ive been very much into the hobb for the last 4 or so years, but recently, whenever i stoop down to try and paint my models, within about 5-10 min, i get a pain in my back, preventing me from moving on with my work. i have tried getting a lower seat to try and reduce the arc of my back, and i have been working my back at the gym...any other suggestions on what to do? thanks, as i really wanna finish my armies lol
Work through the pain!
Or... maybe go and see your Doctor? could be serious (not meaning to panic you lol) Just don't get an internet diagnosis...
Right, don't panic. Go see the doctor if you can't fix it, I try to keep my chair low and my miniature at eye level in order to keep my back straight while painting for any amount of time. Good luck!
haha yeah i think i just need to work on finding the right position i can paint efficiently in, because my back only hurts when i'm in the hunched over position, and not generally at other times. if it keeps up ill definitely get it checked out
One thing you can try doing is lean your elbows on the table and hold the miniature up to eye level. Perhaps distributing the weigth over your arms will lessen the back pain.
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I find just not painting continuously works, I do a bit of painting then sit back and do something else (read or computer) that way I'm not hunched over for too long at a time.
Up, up and away!
Find a workspace that adapts to YOU, not the other way around.
if you find it difficult to keep your back straight for any lengths of time, try getting a run-of-the-mill office chair with pivotable seat. (and preferrably adjustable armrests)
then just hang back, taking the load off your back and adjusting the chair so you can keep your elbows on the table and hold the figure roughly eye-level.
thats what i do, even with my bad back, i can paint for up to 6-7 hours straight , or until i get bored.
(which isnt a good idea either, but you get the idea)
First thing's first, you need to get your pain diagnosed. I prefer chiropractors, as that's their specialty, and they tend to have treatments that don't simply involve pain medication. Either way, you need to be sure it's not serious. I could be due to painting or some other injury. (You can hurt your back and not know it for awhile)
Next, stretching before hand can help, Here are a couple of articles to get you started. link link
Lastly, I find getting a big yoga ball to sit on or highly ergonomic chair will help as well. Bad posture is the primary reason for most sitting pain like that, and both of those will help.
As I said before, diagnosis is very important. You could be developing severe back problems and not realize it. I had pain in 2006, which I though was "mild", it went away, then came back when I moved out of college in 2007. By then it was so severe I couldn't function properly for almost a week.
It sounds like you have the same problem that I do. What I have to do is take breaks after I paint for a while (part of the reason why I paint so slowly). Try getting a pillow and putting it in the small of you back and laying down on the floor for a few minutes, you should start to feel better. Without knowing your specific situation, I would say that your are sitting with your shoulders hunched over. This cause stretching and strain in your back. To help alleviate the problem you need to stretch your back in the opposite direction (the pillow arches your back the other way). Do not do sit-ups or crunches or bend to touch your toes, as that will just make the problem worse. Also, if one side hurts more than the other try stetching sideways too. I hope this helps.