I am learning the hard way how important the "core" is to stabilize! Lugging the LifePack up and down 12 times a shift has made me conscious of body positioning. I concentrate on preventative medicine. I try to get to physio once on my days off, and back massage once a month. For exercise I really enjoy running, or playing competitive sports it is hard to leave my cozy house in the winter but in the end its does the body good.
Would any of you recommend a chiropractor? Also what are some good back workouts?
I play competitive sports, so I do a lot of weight training. I do strength training and cardiovascular. To complicate things, I have to wear a vest when I work so there is no real stretching going on during my shift. I am beginning to have some lower back problems and pain. I have begun to do more stretching before and definately after I work out. I have seen the improvements. I am working on my flexibility also which helps a great deal. I'm knocking on wood cause I've been in this field for 8 years now and am working on my 3rd year of tackle football. I have not had a back injury, although I've had others. I have seen a back injury really hamper good medics. Strength training has worked the best for me so far.