Posture hacks – Elbow edition

I have a long-standing habit of leaning on my left elbow, often for hours at a time.  The accumulated toll of this, combined with a foetal sleeping posture, equates to a /lot/ of shoulder pain, and knock-on misalignment and discomfort for the rest of my spine.  It’s been plaguing me for years, but the pose is habitual, almost constant, and I can’t seem to shake it.

Like that foul-tasting paint that’s supposed to stop the inveterate nail-chewer, I’m trying to make it uncomfortable for me to lean on my elbow.  Hopefully if I do this for a little while it’ll be enough to help me break the habit and straighten out my posture.

Sandpaper proved too smooth, so I’m experimenting with seed beads sprinkled onto micropore medical tape, stuck to my elbow on the planes and points where I lean.  It’s enough to be an uncomfortable reminder when I put my elbow down on a surface, and mildly painful when I put my weight on it.  Let’s see if it works!


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