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flyingskid2
02-26-2004, 10:49 AM
I must not be the only one experiencing "joystick shoulder syndrome". So i want to hear how you co-sufferers are managing your pain. The neck and back muscles around my right shoulders blades (i'm right-handed) are killing me and I know this is from joystick manipulation. Doesn't help also that I use a mouse all the long at work. Flying FB just aggravates the problem and I feel like unless I quit FB i might soon be eligible for disabled parking. Any tips?

flyingskid2
02-26-2004, 10:49 AM
I must not be the only one experiencing "joystick shoulder syndrome". So i want to hear how you co-sufferers are managing your pain. The neck and back muscles around my right shoulders blades (i'm right-handed) are killing me and I know this is from joystick manipulation. Doesn't help also that I use a mouse all the long at work. Flying FB just aggravates the problem and I feel like unless I quit FB i might soon be eligible for disabled parking. Any tips?

Inadaze
02-26-2004, 10:55 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by flyingskid2:
I must not be the only one experiencing "joystick shoulder syndrome". So i want to hear how you co-sufferers are managing your pain. The neck and back muscles around my right shoulders blades (i'm right-handed) are killing me and I know this is from joystick manipulation. Doesn't help also that I use a mouse all the long at work. Flying FB just aggravates the problem and I feel like unless I quit FB i might soon be eligible for disabled parking. Any tips?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


Try a chair with arm rests. To support your elbow and forearm as you hold the stick.

Stretch and move your shoulders regularly in between missions.

Try to hold the stick in a more relaxed way instead of tensing. It takes some practice but does seem to help me.

Get a nubile masseur to massage your shoulders as you play ;-)

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crazyivan1970
02-26-2004, 10:57 AM
Welcome to the club mate.
Tell ya what...you need arm rests... Office funiture that i bought at IKEA.. simply awesome. It has two sliding boards that coming from under the desk and i rest my hands on them leveled with joystick and throttle... very relaxing i must say.. Chair is important too... don`t try to save money on you health http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif, the hell with new video card, get new desk, it`s probably cheaper http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

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Taylortony
02-26-2004, 10:58 AM
How do you handle upper back pain?

Tell her to shut up and not bother you now your busy http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

ThirdCoastNickP
02-26-2004, 10:59 AM
I just have random playmates of the year massage me and help me hold my arm up. I crash .... a lot.

bodaw
02-26-2004, 11:00 AM
Hello, I know how you feel. That pain has been around since the days of Falcon 3.0. Infact, it's been kown as falcon shoulder syndrome (FSS) http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif.

Seriously though, I usually get rid of that by exercising the shoulder joints, before and after playing the sim.

Also, make sure your arm and wrist is in comfortable position relative to the joystick. Tall joysticks are the worst kind. Goodluck.

Taylortony
02-26-2004, 11:38 AM
add the updated service packs to falcon 3 it rocks

diomedes33
02-26-2004, 11:54 AM
I try to work out everyday. I'm currently nursing a broken back, back to health. Happened 2 years ago in a ski accident.

Last year I was getting horrible lower back pains and I wasn't sleeping well. I started doing pushups and sit-ups in the morning and the pain is almost gone.

If you strengthen the muscles you use for you're joystick arm and try to get as ergonomically as possible, the pain should go away.

try taking breaks every 15 minutes or half hour stretch for a couple minutes then go back to planying too.

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horseback
02-26-2004, 12:05 PM
It's an ugly word, but an hour or so of exercise every other day might do you a lot of good. Anything would be beneficial, but weight training will do you the most good in the short term. Shrugs, rows and military presses, even with light dumbbells, will strengthen the muscles that are giving you grief, and help your posture.

I had similar complaints, and while all the other stuff helped, I found that getting back to the gym has made a real difference. We weren't designed to sit in front of a monitor all day, and FFB sticks and twelve ounce curls aren't good substitutes for real physical work.

Give up less than one tenth of your waking time to personal maintenance, and the quality of the other 15+ hours will improve. Incidentally, so will your aim, because your overall alertness will improve too. Mine did, and it had nothing to do with that new 19 inch monitor...

cheers

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SeaFireLIV
02-26-2004, 12:05 PM
I would also say exercise. Something as simple as 10 press-ups every morning. Do TEN NOW! GO FOR IT MAN!

Alternatively, a nice sexy babe might work.

p.s. I do actually do some limited exercise before flying online. Exercising the body, exercises the mind.... blah, blah, waffle, drone.....

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