Oh, my back!

work, pain and what do you do to manage it?

The last few weeks I was putting in the hours on a large range hood. This project involved me jumping up and down my layout table, at the anvil for small spurts, fabricating in odd positions and constantly getting up, laying down and sometimes crawling inside the hood to get to that spot. I would wake up at 6am and to work by 7am. Put in my time to leave around 10-11pm and repeat this routine the next day. By the end of the second week my back was talking. Knowing what my typically fix for this, I put a call out and asked what do you do. And I was surprised by not only the amount of replies but also the responses. Here is a break down of what I gathered and a small description of each practice.


*Do note that you are responsible for your own well being and in no way is this advice on what to do if you are hurting. Please see a doctor prior to attempting any of the following.

All definitions are taken from Google

Shock Therapy

1 vote

“Treatment of chronic mental conditions by electroconvulsive therapy or by inducing physiological shock.”

Therapeutic Mattress

2 votes

Any mattress that is designed to bring relief from discomfort of backaches may be considered a therapeutic mattress. This type of mattress is also designed to provide proper spine alignment and optimal support. Some types of therapeutic mattresses are electronically powered, some offer manual controls for various adjustments, while others are non adjustable. Many hospital beds use adjustable therapeutic mattresses. For home use, the memory foam or latex mattress is very popular.

Inversion Therapy

3 votes

Involves being upside down or at an inverted angle while hanging by the legs, ankles, or feet with the intention oftherapeutic benefits. The process of doing so is called inversion. It is a form of spinal decompression and is a form of spinal traction.


4 votes

a system of complementary medicine that involves pricking the skin or tissues with needles, used to alleviate pain and to treat various physical, mental, and emotional conditions. Originating in ancient China, acupuncture is now widely practiced in the West.


Epsom Salt bath

5 votes

A bitter, colorless, crystalline salt, used in making textiles, in fertilizers, for medical purposes, and as an additive to bath water to soothe the skin. It consists of hydrated magnesium sulfate.



5 votes

The rubbing and kneading of muscles and joints of the body with the hands, especially to relieve tension or pain.



5 votes

A topical pain reliever for arthritis/joint pain and muscle aches and strains.


Shoes/Custom insoles

5 votes

a covering for the foot, typically made of leather, with a sturdy sole and not reaching above the ankle.


Stretching before/during/after

5 votes

You know what stretching is…


Work Out (weights)

7 votes

the sport or activity of lifting barbells or other heavy weights. There are two standard lifts in modern weightlifting: the single-movement lift from floor to extended position (the snatch ), and the two-movement lift from floor to shoulder position, and from shoulders to extended position


Hot/Cold Therapy

7 votes

Cold slows down blood flow to an injury, thereby reducing pain and swelling. Heat opens up blood vessels, which increases blood flow and supplies oxygen and nutrients to reduce pain in joints and relax sore muscles, ligaments, and tendons. The warmth also decreases muscle spasms and can increase range of motion. Applying superficial heat to your body can improve the flexibility of tendons and ligaments, reduce muscle spasms, and alleviate pain.

read more here: https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?ContentTypeID=1&ContentID=4483


Yoga (core strengthening)

10 votes

a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation.



10 votes

a system of complementary medicine based on the diagnosis and manipulative treatment of misalignments of the joints, especially those of the spinal column, which are held to cause other disorders by affecting the nerves, muscles, and organs.


Medication (over the counter)

13 votes

A substance used for medical treatment, especially a medicine or drug.

And with no surprise the #1 voted remedy for aches and pains


18 votes

a colorless volatile flammable liquid that is the intoxicating constituent of wine, beer, spirits, and other drinks, and is also used as an industrial solvent and as fuel.

  • Shock Therapy 1% 1%
  • Therapeutic Mattress 2% 2%
  • Inversion Therapy 3% 3%
  • Acupuncture 4% 4%
  • Epsom Salt bath 5% 5%
  • Massage 5% 5%
  • IcyHot 5% 5%
  • Shoes/Custom insoles 5% 5%
  • Stretching 5% 5%
  • Work Out (weights) 7% 7%
  • Hot/Cold Therapy 7% 7%
  • Yoga (core strengthening) 10% 10%
  • Chiropractor 10% 10%
  • Medication (over the counter) 13% 13%
  • Beer/Whiskey/Alcohol 18% 18%