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Thu, Oct. 11th, 2007, 09:28 pm
always040: Back/Shoulder soreness

Hey guys! I am a 1L. As such, I spend most of the day sitting in (non-ergonomic) chairs, or slightly hunched over, reading the pile books on the table in front of me, or slugging said pile of books around the law school. When I get stressed, my neck and shoulders (specifically where they meet) get tense, hot, and generally angry at me. So the stress of law school PLUS all this hunched over activity is needless to say doing a number on me. I have scheduled a massage next Saturday, but I am miserable in the mean time. I have been drinking a lot of water and putting heat on it at night when I can, but it doesn't seem to be helping much. Any suggestions?

Fri, Oct. 12th, 2007 01:41 am (UTC)

Get one of those wheeling backpacks. Or have your books broken up and rebound in smaller sections and just carry what you need. Take IB profen or Aleve to ease muscle pain/inflammation.

Fri, Oct. 12th, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC)

Aside from carrying only the books that are absolutely necessary, I'd say just tough it out and deal with it however you can to get through that day. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it's just one of those rites of passage into law school. And trust me, the books get even heavier next year. I'm working on a theory that law school only really exists for three purposes: (1) to see if we can parrot out the information we learned in first year two years later, (2) to see if we can survive all the physical and mental taxation, and (3) to torture unassuming Type A personalities....

Sorry about the hurt, I know it sucks, but you'll eventually pinch a nerve or callous your shoulders or something that should ease it a bit!

Fri, Oct. 24th, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)

1. get your books rebound into smaller sections. i divided my big casebooks (civpro, torts, contracts) into 3 sections. they will do this for you at places like office depot for about 4 bucks a section. totally worth it. they bind them nicely and reprint the cover of the book, then i write what pages are in that section. it has helped me carry soooo much less, since i only bring my mini-books that we're actually reading.

2. get a book stand for reading. you should not be reading by having the book in front of you on a table... if anything pile it on top of your other books so your book is higher off the table. i have one book stand that stays at my apartment, and one that travels with me.

3. get a backrest. non ergonomic chairs suck. my law library lets you rent out backrests/seatcushions, which i do all the time and take it to class.

4. get a chiropractor if you can. they're often covered by your insurance (mine is, thank god.) i wouldn't survive without it.

5. as someone who has always carried stress in my neck/back/shoulders, as well as having a history of back problems (thanks mom & dad), stretching has reeeeeally helped me over the years. if you google back/neck stretches, you'll get tons of stuff. its easy and you can do them in the library (ie. get up, walk around, stretch out, etc).

-------but yea, i totally hear you on the back/neck/shoulder pain. law school - it hurts!