Re: [TheCostumersManifesto] Digest Number 1467
You are right to be concerned about your back at your age. An aching back
saps your energy faster than anything I can think of.
You're right that taking breaks regularly does help. Also remember you are
not a pack-mule. It is better to make more trips than to try to carry
everything in one load. I have large bags made (we call them "body bags")
to help carry large quantities of costumes to the cleaners, etc. I have
also purchased a folding cart that carries a lot (450 lbs.) but only weighs
27 lbs. and folds up to fit in the trunk of my car. Watch the height of
your cutting table and ironing board and the position you are at in front of
the sewing machine. Try Pilates training to strengthen your torso muscles.
The other thing I would suggest is get a complete check-up including
gyncological. After suffering for years with a back ache that I attributed
to my work, my doctor discovered (because of some other problems) that I had
fibroid tumors. My doctor told me that a backache was the most common
symptom of fibroids. Apparently, some of the same nerves or muscles
affect both. The back ache was there right up until they wheeled me in for
surgery and has not reappeared since. I'm not suggesting that you have
that problem--only that I had been blaming my work for the backache, when
that wasn't the cause at all. In the meantime, I have taken steps to be
gentler to my back because I'll have it long after I quit doing shows.
but here is a question sort of correlated with designer abuse! ha -
I'm only 23, but I'm already very concerned about the way my back has
been feeling when I have a particularly large amount of sewing to do.
Anyone have any suggestions? Is it just to be judicious with breaks,
or is there anything I could be doing to keep myself from developing
back issues too young! I know women who have sewn for decades who
seem pretty upright to me, so there must be something! or maybe i'm
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