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Part of the deal with leaning over sefarim for three sedarim necessarily results in painful shoulder knots or other forms of back pain. What do you all recommend for coping with such symptoms, or how to treat and get rid of them?


The following is not part of the question. This is only present to preempt anyone who disputes the on-topic-ness of this question.

See also this related question about eye strain and this meta discussion about posts such as these.

closed as off-topic by kouty, Danny Schoemann, sabbahillel, Gershon Gold, rosends Jan 25 '17 at 15:59

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  • I don't see that that meta discussion generally supports the claim that this question is on topic. I'm not sure this meets Isaac's second criterion, nor the final points of anon's answer, nor Monica's (though that is somewhat vague), nor mevaqesh's and AviD's obviously. Does anyone have reason to suspect this would get a different answer on Health.SE? What reason is that? – Double AA Jan 25 '17 at 0:59
  • @DoubleAA I think it does indeed meet both of Isaac's criteria. As illustrated by Shimon's answer, there's several ways that Jews specifically would be able to give ideas. – DonielF Jan 25 '17 at 1:05
  • Nothing in Shimon's answer seems related to the fact that he's a Jew. Not sitting as much and seeing a therapist are the most generic non-Jewish things to say. – Double AA Jan 25 '17 at 1:06
  • @DoubleAA I was referring to the shtender, but I suppose you're right. Though may I ask how this is different than the eye strain question? – DonielF Jan 25 '17 at 1:10
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because seeking for a medical advice is linked to the physical health of the asker. He needs to consult his physician. – kouty Jan 25 '17 at 5:27
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The most important thing that I would recommend is not leaning over sefarim for three sedarim. Sitting is the new smoking, as they say. Why not try standing up and using a shtender every so often? Or using a small, portable table-top shtender so that you don't need to lean forwards? Changing up your posture and position every so often will reduce strain on your back and neck, and is generally a healthier option than physical inactivity anyway.

As a bedieved solution, I would recommend seeing a good physiotherapist who can provide you with exercises that you might be able to do every evening before bed, every morning on awakening, or at a time of the day that suits your learning schedule. But as they say: prevention is always preferable to a cure!

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