Stretching a point

Machinery and back pain often go together. But it need not be that way: a simple routine can ease and/or prevent problems

by Christian Bruse and Andrew Pearce

Anyone who drives a tractor or harvest machinery for a living soon gets used to grabbing short breaks when they turn up, like while waiting for a trailer or a spreader, or a pause for more seed or fertiliser to arrive. Time to check the phone or maybe unscrew the flask; nothing wrong with that. But instead, why not run through some easy routines designed to stretch and strengthen your muscles and relieve load on your joints?