I was building an outdoor kitchen for us. Years ago I worked in the building trades, but have now had an office job for more than a decade. Every evening after work and part of the day on Saturdays I would work on that kitchen. After digging the footer for the masonry work by hand, I needed to get to a chiropractor in Santa Barbara for some relief from my back pain. I never take pills, and I had now taken more ibuprofen in a month than I have my entire life. I wanted to finish the work I started outside at our house, but I needed my back to cooperate with me.
The chiropractor adjusted my back and used the electrical stim to help heal the muscle issues. Heat therapy and massage at the doctor’s office also helped tremendously. What got the pain to leave and not come back was exercise to build my muscles back up and proper ergonomics for digging and lifting. I mixed the concrete myself and poured the footer. My wife helped me when I needed an extra set of hands, but I did most of the work myself. I was getting stronger and even losing a few pounds of fat that had slowly built up around my middle working in the office instead of outside.
The kitchen has tons of concrete, bricks, stone and concrete block. Just about every piece of masonry was lifted and placed by my own two hands without any help. I dug the natural gas and power conduit trench to the house. Our outdoor kitchen is now fully functional and a work of art. The stonework came out beautiful. Our pizza oven is made from clay and is sculpted to look like a tortoise. My back no longer hurts, and we now have an outdoor space we enjoy immensely on the weekends.