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#1 posted 09-17-2016 01:04 AM

I use the same strategy as HokieKen – stand, sit, sit “different”, repeat. I have a high stool (from a chem lab), folding chair, and I stand a lot. I took an existing bench and put 2 sets of 4×4’s under the base – helped me a lot.
Folding chair is more for taking a break and working on things close to the floor.

Shoes are key (especially on concrete floor). Thorogood makes a comfortable boot, but not as durable as they used to be. When it comes time to replace them, I’m planning on trying Keen. They are super pricey (and I’m very cheap), but it seems the more years you put on your feet, the better you have to treat them.

Another tip: Ice. Some people get better with heat, but I do better with ice. If I spent a good portion of the day standing in the shop (standing beats me up much more than walking), after dinner I go with a hot shower (which gives short term pain relief) and then I ice my lower back for 20 minutes. No ice, and I suffer the next morning. I had always been told “use a heating pad”, but a heating pad leaves me in extreme pain in the morning. HMMV

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