Problem: For the past week or two, I've had middle back pain. I think it's from hunching over too much, but I don't have particularly good reasons for thinking that. I've had this issue in the past and not done much about it and it has gone away. This time it seems worse and longer-lived.
Ritesh suggested this video of exercises. I watched the video and was all set to randomly try some of the exercises for some unplanned amount of time and then probably give up on on them after a while without a good reason. Then I thought I’d use this opportunity to try a formal project using the steps here.
For this post I'm just doing the first two steps: brainstorming goals and thinking critically about the goals. I want to pick a goal before I move on to brainstorming solutions, although it's also possible to brainstorm both goals and solutions before choosing a goal and one or more solutions.
- decrease my back pain
- eliminate my back pain
- try out the exercises in the video once each and decide if I want to do more of them
- do all the exercises in the video for two weeks and see if it helps with the pain
- research back exercises and decide on one or more to try
- try one exercise for two weeks and see if it helps with the pain
- research ways of helping back pain, including exercises, and decide what to try first
- learn more about causes of back pain
Think critically about the goals.
I want to keep this project as small as possible, to avoid getting overwhelmed. I think the smallest goal is to pick one exercise without thinking too much about which one, do it for two weeks, and see if my back feels better. A problem with this goal/plan is that if my back feels better after the two weeks, I won’t know if it’s because of the exercise. Maybe now that I’m thinking about it, I’ll straighten up more or relax more and that’ll help. Or maybe my back will get better on its own. Or maybe that exercise won’t help if I do it for two weeks but would help if I did it for longer. Or maybe that exercise won’t work on its own, but would work in combination with some other exercise(s). So while I can probably succeed at a project of picking an exercise and doing it for two weeks, I might not learn much from doing it. I’m leaning towards doing that anyway because it seems like a small enough project to be doable without feeling overwhelming.