At our January meeting Deanna McMullan, a physiotherapist, was an excellent speaker and gave us guidelines for ways to prevent problems when we are on-a-roll of quilt making. Her presentation concentrated on:
- exercises – The exercises she demonstrated are similar to those for people who spend a lot of time at their desktop computers. The exercises are designed to prevent repetitive use injuries and strengthen posture. We had a chance to try them out and stretched arms, necks, and backs.
- posture – Good posture is important at our sewing machines and cutting tables.
- workstations, i.e., sewing machines, cutting tables, and irons – She talked about how we can set up our workstations ergonomically.
- and breaks – Like people at any repetitive work we should also take breaks and move around, and, lift our eyes now and then to give them a rest.