I’ve been going to physical therapy for about a month to take care of a nagging neck and shoulder issue.
You’re not going to believe the reason they think I got this way – and I don’t want to waste my pain without you checking your own situation.
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For overall well being it’s important to simply move about. Seriously. Sitting for long periods is thought to be today’s smoking for health risks. It’s easy to lose track how long you’ve been in a chair while doing long recording sessions.
The older you are, the more important it is to keep moving. I’ve made it a habit to walk on errands rather than getting in the car. A brisk walk for about 20-30 minutes a couple times a week is really all you need to help your cardio-vascular system.
Even just getting up and walking around the house/apartment regularly goes a long way to keep blood from pooling.
Yes, this makes so much sense. Granted, I switched to dedicated “computer distance” glasses a few years ago (also “piano distance” for me, since I spend time at the piano), which keeps me from doing the bi-focal/tri-focal head tilt. However, I did notice my laptop is at a strange height on my desk, so I’ll be adjusting that today along with the swing arm that I got awhile ago (because the little mic stand doesn’t give me good height adjustment with my current work table).
Thank for the great reminder to check heights and comfort levels.
YES YES AND YES! As a medical massage therapist I found the majority of my client’s pain came from their daily posture. Sometimes that posture was head tilt, head forward or just plain slumping. So glad you found the root cause of your neck pain. Your mother was right. Sit up straight This really IS a best practices video because your body is your tool in this work.
I know more about this subject than I ever wanted to…
First, congratulations on identifying the problem, AND getting physical therapy AND your glasses adjusted. These little things combine for huge benefits!
So…this is one of the reasons I like to record standing up. My screen is just above the mic and I get to log some time with my chin tilted a bit up to offset the many hours I spend at my desk fighting “tech neck” I stand and I’m mindful of my posture so I don’t hunch over the mic. Yes, that tilt you’re talking about is so common it has a name: “tech neck”.
In my production space, I have a Herman Miller Embody chair. It’s extremely expensive, but it was worth it for me because sometimes my last job would have me sitting in it for 16 hours on end, which is terrible, terrible, never want to do that again.
With your laptop being on your desk, are the keyboard and mouse in a comfortable position? If not, consider adding a keyboard tray underneath so you can lower the position your hands are in when you type & point & click! This one lets me freely move it just about anywhere, tilted or flat, and then easily lock it in place. https://amzn.to/2F6fxZS
I also use an external monitor sometimes, because I can raise it higher than the laptop screen (and it’s a 21:9 monitor so editing is easier).
I hope you feel even better soon! Really glad you posted this video for people to learn such an important lesson.
So happy to hear that you have a diagnosis and a treatment plan. We’d like to keep you around and healthy for a long time.
Now that you bring it up, I have been concerned for a while about those of us who have gone through the ACX Master Class. You teach not only a particularly effective method for recording long manuscripts but also how to place and address the microphone to enable an intimate and relaxed narration for audiobooks.
What I have noticed is that many narrators who have adopted the method, along with the desk stand for positioning the mic, have a tendency to place the stand and laptop too low. As you note in this video, you have raised your laptop from the desk.
What I see is, instead of raising the laptop and mic (or lowering their chair) many folks are leaning forward and hunching slightly to get into position to address the mic. This is the worst position to maintain for long periods and has the added drawback of unconsciously causing the narrator to ease back away from the mic to get comfortable.
As you explain here, even small changes in position can have extreme effects on the human body.
I have been thinking about your glasses the past week or so, every time I watch your videos, that they looked new, and that I really like them! They suit you. As for the trifocal issue, bleah! Yuck! I tried them when I had to go that way a couple years ago. My solution was to have two pairs of bifocals instead, one has distance/mid-range and the other has the mid-range (or computer)/reading. Plus the computer/reading pair has the non-glare coating which really helps when on the computer for a long time. That constant having to move the head up and down to look through the various sections gave me a neckache, so that was my solution and it works very well for me. Thanks for sharing your tips!
I have a special set of glasses for when I’m in the booth recording . The full lense is the same strength allowing me to see the screen at whatever angle I need
I gave up on the trifocal/bifocal thing and got separate glasses for different applications. My prescriptions of nearsightedness and astigmatism are so high it makes it really tough to get that type of glasses that work. So instead I have one pair of glasses for driving/distance. I have a seconds pair of glasses for the computer. I don’t actually read a lot anymore unless it’s on the computer so I just put my glasses on my head for that one.
I put my monitor on a riser so I can record standing up.