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What shoudl I do about the aches and pains from heavy work??  RSS feed

 
Kelly King
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So, all this real work outside is leaving me a bit stiff and sore....

my 17 year old reminded me...


Pain is just weakness leaving your body.

:-)
 
Matt Smith
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My father and I (even in his late 60's he is constantly helping me perform demanding physical labor as I build up our property) joke about this constantly.

We'll wake up in the morning after a very demanding day and say "man... there is SO MUCH WEAKNESS leaving my body right now."
 
Michael Forest
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I'm in my mid 60s and do selective low impact"logging" on my property. I use no conventional equipment. I do the work by myself, cutting the trees,then skiding them to one of my few "roads. It is hard work. This is what I know, my prescription if you will:

1. SLOW DOWN
2 take lots of breaks
3 listen/learn from your body
4 slow down more as you age
5 take even more breaks

Of course our culture isn't very supportive of this approach, being a youth oriented society. We are always in such a hurry. To where?
 
Josh T-Hansen
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Stretching will partially counteract. But yoga is much more and will allow you to work and relax better. It is permaculture for mind and body. Do it regularly, maybe every day. Check out the link below and also their youtube channel. Go to the easy classes first and look for the specific restorative classes that you need. Increased sensitivity will allow to realize when tension is happening and allow you to creatively prevent pain.

Ok and dont be afraid of a nice sauna or hot bath with a little self or partner massage.
Most americans have pain but some are too stubborn to admit it.
 
Morgan Morrigan
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Drink more water, and add some sea salt to it, especially if you can find some Elete hydration juice.

Joint or muscle ?

joint ... http://www.health-science-spirit.com/borax.htm

http://www.webvitamins.com/product.aspx?id=17663


muscle

Drink more water, and add some sea salt to it, especially if you can find some Elete hydration juice.

eat more fat.
 
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[quote=Kelly King]So, all this real work outside is leaving me a bit stiff and sore....
my 17 year old reminded me...
Pain is just weakness leaving your body.
:-)
[/quote]

Easy for a 17 year old difficult for me. :-P I always tend to overdo it when I am working on my land. I have so many things to do and I get so focused that I forget to take breaks. Working on permie things is one of my greatest joys so it is easy to work to much. I sure sleep good though!
 
wayne stephen
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We use a couple of products from Pure Herbs - one called Herbal Adjustment and the other Peppermint oil. { I am not a distributor of this product } . First rub on the Herbal Adjustment - it contains cayenne so wash your hands and don't touch your eyes. Then the peppermint oil on top. Icy Hot . Works for us .
 
chrissy bauman
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exercise your core regularly, and be very careful with overlifting, or too much core twisting. that's how chronic back pain is made.
 
Jay Green
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Agreed! A brisk walk each day~like you're in a hurry to get somewhere~should be enough to condition your core muscles and will cut down on muscle stress and strains. In other words...walk it off!
 
Ken Peavey
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At times my job brings with it some punishing physical labor. Parts that you never knew you had will be stiff and sore. Each time I climb a set of stairs I swear they added more steps to it. Lifting, heaving, throwing, pushing, bending, climbing, crawling, cursing and praying. The older I get, the more it hurts, the longer it takes, and the less I enjoy it. It's tough enough getting out of a warm cozy bed on a cold morning knowing I'll spend the day moving a few thousand bricks. It's even tougher the next day when I can barely move.

Don't Overdo it.
Your body will let you know when it's had enough. Listen to your body.
If you need a rest, take a break. You've only got so much energy available in your bloodstream. Use it up, your body needs time to draw from its reserves in order to keep you going. A piece of candy or a cup of coffee will help keep up your energy, but it does nothing about the impact and strain which is what will make you sore and stiff. If your lifestyle has been more sedentary, you will do yourself a favor by gradually moving into the heavy labor- an hour here and there today, tomorrow a couple hours in the morning plus a couple more later on, the next day give it some more. Your body has limits, but you can expand those limits in just a few days.

Warm Up
Get the muscles moving, get the blood circulating. Starting the day like a sprinter is asking for aches and pains. The human body is able to perform for long periods under difficult conditions. What you can do and what you think you can do are often unrelated. Give your body a stretch, go for a walk, rake up a wheelbarrel load of leaves. These are not strenuous activities and can be enough to help your body move fluids around and get its housekeeping in order. You'll be able to do more than you think.

Good Food
I see new guys come to work with a pouch of ramen noodles or a McYummy and expect to get through a 12 hour shift. They can do it for a day, but it does not take long to learn that long term performance is directly proportional to diet. I give them a mnemonic: Bread and Meat, Salt and Sweet. Bread and grains are quickly digested and offer energy. Meat brings protein to keep up muscles and bulk calories to carry your energy for the day. Salt keeps your fluids in balance. Sweet, more than anything dietary, keeps up your attitude. Your entire body is involved in the work and not all parts of your body have the same needs. A diverse diet feeds your diverse parts and allows your body to take care of itself.

Water
If you are not sweating or peeing, you are not drinking enough water. Everything you eat is water soluble. Every muscle, nerve, organ, tissue, and bone, is bathed in fluids. If you drink too much, your body will get rid of it. If you don't drink enough, your body won't function as well. You'll stiffen up, undernourished muscles will ache because they are not being flushed properly. Way too little, you'll cramp. A little gatorade can be a treat, but if you are drinking more than a couple of them in a day you are asking for trouble. A little coffee, sure. Coffee all day, not so good. You dont sweat soda, milk, tea or energy drinks. Your body needs water. Drink water. If your diet is diverse, you probably have the nutrients you need. All that is required is water for delivery.

Rest and Breaks
After a couple hours of steady humping, take a break, drink some water. 15 minutes for a snack, half an hour for lunch, longer if you are old and busted like me. When it's time to get back to it, get your blood moving again-walk around the house, go check the mail.

Heat
See the Homestead Safety-HEAT thread.

Tools
The right tool for the job can mean the difference between work and torture. Personal experience is limited. Use the forums to ask about different tools. You can access the experience of thousands of people.


 
Seth Wetmore
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Look to nutrition. A mans is worth his salt. Are you worth your salt? Have a pinch of salt see how you feel. Try bannans. Rest every other day to let your body catch up. Start small, go for the long term. Use brains over brawn. It is good to be strong it is better to be smart.
 
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