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Simple Solutions for Summer Do-it-Yourselfers: When to Use Heat or Ice

My contractor said he thought it would be a good project I could do myself…he called it “a fun weekend project.” He just didn’t specify how many weekends. Six, it turned out. I do love my flagstone porch and it cost much less to do it myself. It also turned out to be an unfortunate study in when to use heat or ice for pain relief. I’ll save you the time and share the six weeks worth of learning: Week 1: Drive to rock shop and select individual flagstones so they are “just right”. Lift 40 into trunk of car, unload into driveway. Problem: Lower back is telling me I really should not have done this. Pain that night, stiffness the next...

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