Get Your Spring Cleaning Completed Without Back Pain
By Brandi Swieter
With spring in session, many individuals are thinking of getting their spring cleaning started. Now is the best time to open up the windows and let in some fresh air while cleaning out the junk that’s been accumulated over the winter months. A hardcore clean like this can put a toll on the body, though, so it’s important to practice safety and caution when cleaning to avoid back pain.
Visit the Chiropractor
Before tackling any cleaning it may be wise to visit the chiropractor. A doctor of chiropractic can ensure your spine is in top shape and the body is able to handle the strenuous activities that come with spring cleaning. Stop in a day or two before the spring cleaning is supposed to commence to get the back in proper order before starting.
Stretch Before Cleaning
It is vital to spinal health to stretch properly before any activity, including cleaning. The muscles and joints need time to adjust and get oxygen flowing to them so they are best prepared to handle any activity coming up. Stretching can prevent injuries.
Ask for Assistance
The large job that spring cleaning entails should not be left to one person. Ask for assistance. Having two or more people working on getting the house up to par for spring and summer will make the job go faster so it doesn’t take as long to complete. It also means less work for one person and therefore less stress on each person’s body.
Take It One Task at a Time
No one should attempt to start their spring cleaning in the morning and have it all done by the afternoon. Quickly going from one task to the next can put significant stress on the body and leave people feeling overworked and exhausted. It’s important to take it one task at a time, perhaps focusing on eliminating junk and going through paperwork one day and doing a deep clean of the home the next. Yet another day should be utilized for handling any outside work, and even that can get broken up into several jobs, such as raking the yard one time and waiting until later to rearrange.
Stop if You Feel Pain
Anytime pain starts to set in, it means you’ve overdone it. Stop for the day and get some rest so the body has time to recuperate. You can commence cleaning the next day to finish the task. A few stretches may help ease some tension felt. If that doesn’t work, another visit to the chiropractor may be necessary.
Anyone still suffering from some back pain after a long couple days of spring cleaning can visit The Joint Chiropractic to get an adjustment. Their walk-in hours make it possible for people to come anytime throughout the day or evening as they find the time.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Gilbert, Ariz.