Tips for preventing back pain?

Old 01-06-20, 02:59 PM
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Tips for preventing back pain?

Perhaps not the usual subject matter for this forum, but I figured members who know a lot about working on floors might also know a thing or two about this.

So I enjoy working on tiling my new floor, but the thing I hate is that it leaves me with awful back pain at the end of the day, and for days after. I wear a back brace and knee pads while working, but it's still bad. (And I hit the gym 4 days a week, so I'd like to think I'm not a total whimp!)

One problem with tiling is that it's not easy to "take a break" or work on it an hour or two every day. Thinset gets dry, I gotta work quickly, and there's cleanup every time I work on it.

Any advice from folks who've always been in the same boat? Any advice on other things to wear, posture, or anything would be helpful.
Old 01-06-20, 03:17 PM
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Do you do hyperextensions?
Old 01-06-20, 05:12 PM
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Yeah I do, about 4 times a week. Helps a little.
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You need to figure out what the underlying condition is. As an example, my daughter and I both have problems at our bottom vertebra (L5) but the condition she has is made worse with extension while mine is helped that way.

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