Interestingly I know one guitarist (a very good one, in my opinion)
who I've seen perform using *both* a cushion and a footstool at the
same time. Why? I don't know. I'll ask him the next time I see him do
>In my case I developed sciatic pain--actually numbness of the leg all
>the way down. I've used Dynarette cushions since then. Of course there
>are back problems. In the words of a neurologist I consulted, "Don't
>bother getting an mri; you're over 60--you're going to have bulges,
>you're going to have herniations." So I got an MRI and he was right.
>(The pain got worse, and more alarmingly my leg was starting to collapse
>under me if I walked down stairs).
>So I don't think the footstool CAUSED the sciatic problem, but it did
>exacerbate it. Eventually most of the symptoms resolved, with physical
I've had about a dozen physical therapy sessions and I continue to do
the exercises I learned there almost every day.
Has it helped? I'm not sure. If it has, only slightly. I still have
the symptoms. Mostly when I walk more than 1/4 mile or so, I get pain
in my left leg and if I don't stop walking, it spreads to my lower
One thing that usually alleviates the pain, at least to some extent,
is leaning forward against a wall.
I've given up any expectations of the problem ever going away (I'm
almost 85). As long as I don't walk too far, I can live with it. Since
these days, I spend most of my time in the house (my wife has more
serious problems and I don't want to leave her alone for long), I
don't have pain often.
>The rap on Dynarette is that it is slippery, and doesn't stabilize the
>guitar very well. This is true, but I've been able to adjust. Also, my
>guitar has a matte finish, so I don't think suction cups would work too
Another "interestingly": I've seen David Russell play many times, both
giving concerts and master classes. In concerts he's always played
with a footstool, but in the master classes, he's usually used a
support with suction cups. Why the inconsistency? I don't know.