Protecting Your Back While Decorating for the Holiday
By Donna Stark
One of the most important rules to follow while lifting weights at the gym is to know your limits. And by that, I mean if you typically only lift 200 pounds, then you shouldn't attempt to lift 400 without first working your way up to it. You certainly don't want to put yourself in a dangerous situation by trying to lift more than you are able, because the potential injuries that may come from doing so can be extensive. But as important as that rule is, it's even more important to know that it doesn't only apply to those times you are working out. It also applies to the times when you are doing things around the house, and if you like to decorate your home for the holidays like some people I know, you are probably already doing a lot of those things.
Protecting Your Back While Decorating
It's easy to stay focused on our safety when we are watching ourselves lift weights in a mirror at the gym, but there aren't too many of us that have mirrors lining the walls in our garages and attics. In fact, some of us can't even see the walls with all the containers and bins stacked high and tall over our heads! So how in the world can we possibly think about safety when the few bins that we actually need are at the bottom of the heap? Well, here are some suggestions.
- Make sure you are standing directly in front of the item you wish to move
- Use a step ladder and have someone spot you if the item is above your head
- Know where you are taking the object before you begin and clear the pathway
- Position your feet shoulder-width apart
- Bend your knees to a squatting position
- Distribute your weight evenly and firmly grasp the item
- Keep the object close to your body and slowly return to a standing position
- Take caution not to twist or jerk your body unnaturally as you move it
- Reverse the process to place the item back down, being mindful of your fingers and toes
In addition to the suggestions above, you can also prioritize and protect the health of your back by seeing your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.
Routine Chiropractic Care
The adjustments you receive from your local chiropractor can help reduce the risk of those injuries that often occur during the holiday decorating season. They help to maintain optimal function of the spine, increase range of motion and flexibility, and improve your balance and stability ... everything you need to safely pull out those lights, wreaths, and inflatable snowmen. So come on in before you even get started, and see what a difference chiropractic care at The Joint Chiropractic can make!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Gilbert, Ariz.