My friend Jim is a licensed plumber and has been in the industry for nearly 20 years. He also played football, rode in competitive rodeo events, and has always been physically active. His work as a plumber, however, forces him to use his body in new ways because he is forever crawling into tight spaces at irregular angles. He often is lying on his stomach or back working, when reaching an oddly-installed pipe, or crawling to access sewer lines or other hard-to-reach areas for homes or commercial properties.
For instance, he was working late one night one of his promised and advertised 24 hour water heater repairs in Plano, and he felt his back get tight. He new it was a different type of tightness than he normally felt. This caused him concern, obviously.
Luckily, he was able to finish the job and get home. Instead of racing for pain pills, he did some research on stretching and was introduced to a derivative of the Zumba, Pilates and yoga exercises. It is tough for a guy who played football and was involved in competitive rodeo to do Zumba, but he was able to find some exercises which both loosened his back plus strengthened the muscles simultaneously.
So long as he remembers to do these exercises then he has a good chance of keeping his back healthy and sound. The rigors of a full-service plumbing job, especially when moving or installing heavy items like water heaters, is challenging to the average person. Having a tight back doesn’t make things easier. Hopefully he will keep up with those stretches and pass the information onto his employees as well.