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Old 12-26-2008, 01:32 PM   #41
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Boy! did you ever ask the right person about weed wrenches!

Rocky: If you have a bad back the weed wrench might even fix it.

I had a bad back after back surgery (3d and 4th lumbar). I was invited to do field archaeology for a summer and by fall my back was fixed.

Shoveling and running wheelbarrows full of dirt. the bad back has never been back.

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Old 12-26-2008, 10:45 PM   #42
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Hazelnut, the hard physical work was exactly what your back needed to strengthen it. The key is knowing your limits and then working right up to them. I used to think I had a "bad back" but now I know I don't. Yes, I can still overstress it if I do something dumb, but I know it will quickly get better and I've only re-aquainted myself with my limits. For anyone who thinks they have a bad back, I give a solid five stars to the book _Back Sense_ written by three doctors who all thought they had bad backs until they learned that they didn't. They give marvelously healing advice and a whole new perspective on what your back is and what it can do.
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Old 12-27-2008, 10:41 AM   #43
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Yes, I would agree. My abdominal muscles have really been strengthened from using my weed wrench and bearing down on it. Much better than the 9 months of physical therapy I was slopped into after a back surgery and considerably less strenuous.
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Old 12-27-2008, 02:21 PM   #44
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My first year in archaeology I was assigned to a guy who decided to teach me to dig dirt without damaging my self. Since then Ive learned no one does this. So I was lucky to learn from this particular person.

He showed me how to "lever" a shovel ful of dirt and slightly bend my knees at the same time. You actually can do this for 4 hours and move a whole lot of dirt. You never use your back except in pivoting the shovel ful of dirt from the hole over to the wheel barrow. So every day you get stronger and stronger . . . and browner and browner!
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