This post focuses on some stretches you can do to stay healthy when hunched over gear for long periods at a time.
Whether you’re slumped over a mixing console, a rack of gear, or a computer, producers and engineers spend a lot of time in awkward, non-ergonomic positions. So, for a bit of an odd entry, I would like to share some stretches that will help keep you from getting stiff or sore.
My mum actually was a personal trainer for several years, so I was taught a lot of techniques for healthy posture (I was a hardcore computer geek before my rockstar high school years). I was going to post photos of myself doing these stretches, but I found a few websites that have already done that work for me. So I’m simply going to link to those. Hopefully the information will remain online for a good while. If you’re reading this and the posts have gone down, please comment.
Stretches to Improve Your ‘Hunched over the PC’ Posture’“and
are both great posts on the subject.
Incidentally, these stretches will also help ‘guitar shoulder’ whereby your fretting arm is used to being stretched out and your picking arm is used to being compressed. Isn’t it crazy how many things we do are unergonomic? We have to stay limber while we still can!