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How to Avoid Back Pain While Cooking

By Brandi Swieter

Many people start their cooking the week of Thanksgiving and continue creating recipes well past Christmas. With so many pies to bake, cookies to decorate, and meals to enjoy with family, the back can get quite achy with so much time spent hunched over a countertop whipping up dish after dish. There are ways to avoid pain while cooking that will help make the most of the experience.

Get Out All Ingredients

Rather than reaching into the cupboard for one ingredient only to come back and reach again for another in a short minute, it is best to get out all items at once. It saves people from having to reach over and over again, putting added strain on their back, neck, and shoulders. Use a stool if necessary to get out everything needed so it can be set out prior to starting cooking.

Use Proper Posture

Too many people attempt to cook while standing slumped over the stove or sitting slouched at the table. This poor posture can put stress on the back and bring about aches and pains that otherwise would not have been felt. Using proper posture and sitting or standing up straight will help to prevent back pains from occurring.

Stand on a Mat

Most people simply stand in front of the stove without much thought about the ground they’re standing on. When large amounts of cooking need to get done, a hard surface like a kitchen floor can put added pressure on the body during the duration. It is best to get a mat to stand on that will help absorb some of that pressure and keep the body ache-free. A rubber mat is often best, but even a rug or towel would do better than the hard floor.

Wear Shoes

Home cooks often stand barefoot making their meals. While this may be fine for a quick weekday dinner, it will not work well when creating a full feast for a holiday. When there is lots of preparation to be done, it is best to wear comfortable shoes that provide support to the legs and back. A pair of tennis shoes with arch support would be ideal.

Back pain can set in easily, even while doing something as simple as cooking. To avoid any aches this holiday season, it is best if people prepare by taking precautions and making the best of the situation. Those who do experience back pain after they have finished their meal preparations should visit The Joint Chiropractic to receive an adjustment. Extended hours on evenings and weekends ensure people can walk-in anytime it’s needed.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Gilbert, Ariz.

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