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Forum topic by treesner posted 08-13-2016 07:18 PM 889 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-13-2016 07:18 PM

Any of you guys wear a back belt while working in the shop?
Backs been hurting, getting rid of my shop apron with some weight like square, tape, other various hand tools helped a bit but still sore after a couple hours in the shop

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#1 posted 08-13-2016 08:33 PM

Do you have a concrete floor, I tried the back belt didn’t help. It sounds crazy but I was told this from an old retired doctor. Lace up boots, I had always worn pull on types. After switching to lace up (age 40ish) it helped a lot a whole lot. No more of that stiff achy back after a couple hours on a hard surface. Hope that helps. Sore back sucks.

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#2 posted 08-13-2016 09:34 PM

Put down a padded floor mat. Get a chair that is bench height. Have all your work tables at saw table height to minimize lifting.


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#3 posted 08-14-2016 01:43 AM

Sounds like getting rid of the stuff in the apron pockets is good start. I agree with MadMark about the height but I take it a bit further and I have a small bench that sits on my large one to raise my work area another three or four inches when I need that height. Working in the shop actually helps my back. I wear running shoes and they work for me. What I know about back problems is everyone is different so keep trying different things until you find what works for you.

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#4 posted 08-14-2016 12:24 PM

I use one now and then when the back starts acting up. Shoes are very important good soles and especially good heels (price doesn’t seem to matter). I have found that most of my back problems are connected to worn out shoes. Also mattresses are connected to back problems.

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#5 posted 08-14-2016 01:07 PM

I’ve lived with back pain for about 30 years, including 4 back surgeries. Finding the source and treating it correctly is the best thing to do, which does mean using the medical system. Proper exercise and stretching is always a part of it. Mattresses, shoes, ergonomics can all contribute positively or negatively.

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#6 posted 08-14-2016 03:57 PM

Fellow back pain sufferers unite! Like the others in the surgical brigade, I recommend:

  • Go see a good back doctor. Follow the instructions religiously. This includes physical therapy and other core-strengthening stretches. Honest to Betsy, this stuff really helps.
  • If you have a paunch (like I do), lose weight. That bay window acts as a cantilever on your spine, putting it under tension and compression and bending it out of shape. This causes much pain on an already weakened spine.
  • Bare concrete is terrible for backs, hips, knees, and feet. Put down something resilient on the floor, whether it’s restaurant mats, square-grid rubber tiling, or plywood flooring.
  • Learn to lift differently. This may be part of your physical therapy, but you will need to learn how to lift differently, and may even need to use helper devices (or actual helpers).

There’s no reason to let back pain stop you from doing what you enjoy. Let us know how things turn out.

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#7 posted 08-14-2016 05:06 PM

<classact> My Doc says my back will stop hurting when I die, too much damage to fix.
Paunch – yep its there, but its paid for so it aint going to be repo’d…
What classact says about concrete floors – Damn right every word.
Lifting heavy – Dont do it, pay someone else to do the heavy lifting, money dont matter but pain every day for the rest of your life will get your attention. how ever much you pay someone else to lift for you it will be nothing compared to doctors and hospital bills for the rest of your life.

<mtenterprises> Boots – I agree, they can make a huge difference Personal prefference is for Danner Boots that lace up past your ankle, they aint cheep $140 to $400 ish but your feet and back will love them.

if you got a bad back … raise your bench hight.

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#8 posted 08-14-2016 05:14 PM

I agree Classact. Because I have and continue to follow a rigorous exercise/stretching program, my back issues don’t interfere with work (desk job) or play (woodworking, motorcycle riding, walking around all day on concrete in the shop or at a show, hiking to fishing spots, etc.) I will add lift correctly, not just differently – there’s plenty of info on correct techniques. And yes, there are some things I simply won’t do anymore, such as heavy lifting or things that shock the spine like running/jogging, water/snow skiing, etc. It’s not that I can’t, but it isn’t worth the risk.

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#9 posted 08-14-2016 06:39 PM

I agree with the recommendations above and something I bought last year to help is a hydraulic cart that has a 1000lb capacity from harbor freight. I was building a dresser and needed to be able to work on the bottom without bending down all the time and also get it off my workbench. It works great but the table isn’t flat so I made a wood top and shimmed it. It helps getting things in and out of my truck also.

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