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New Businesses Give Restaurant Workers The Tips They Ache For: Wellness

Waiting, cooking and tending bar can take a heavy toll on the body and mind. Several health-minded support services are springing up to help workers stay in the game for the long term.
Because of the heavy lifting the job demands, Raub sees a local trainer to help keep his spine healthy for further physical endeavors. Source: Tom Brenner for NPR

Casey Raub can easily deadlift over 100 pounds — not thanks to the gym, but from his work as a bartender at ever-packed Brooklyn brunch hotspot Five Leaves. He regularly hoists heavy boxes of liquor and massive buckets of ice for an endless stream of gin gimlets and grapefruit margaritas. But after three years in the industry, Raub, 35, found that his back pain had compounded.

While pouring a coffee for a customer named Dy Elise, he mentioned his chronic pain to her. Elise, owner of a nearby wellness center called Human@Ease, encouraged him to come in for a rehabilitative workout focusing on his back. "One of the most important things for restaurant workers is to do lower-back exercises, because the lower back is constantly working

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