I switched from a job reaching up over my head all day running cables to one that has me bent over or reaching down into service tunnels to feed cable. I remember when I first started the overhead job how my arms and back hurt. Now my back hurt down low for the first time. I went back to my favorite Redding chiropractor to see what was going on. All those years of working with my arms over my head have really built up the muscles in my upper back, but my lower back was getting a little weak. I was working those muscles and also putting pressure on the nerves due to my new working positions.
A few adjustments and following an exercise regimen that the doctor gave me really took care of the pain. Then I started to have some upper back pain. I was losing some muscle mass due to not using those muscles in my upper back as much, and that was leading to a slight postural change that was putting pressure on the nerves in my upper back. I needed to keep those muscles strong too. So, I got a few adjustments and a new exercise regimen to keep my entire back strong. It has been a couple of months and I feel a lot better.
Most guys would probably try to get used to the new job. I wanted to make sure my back was ready for any job as we were being transferred around a lot more with our company being taken over by another firm. I have a long time until retirement, and I want to make sure I keep moving up in pay rather than being forced out due to an inability to do the job any longer. I need a strong back for my job.