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Picking Pumpkins? Here's How to Prevent Back Pain

By Virginia Laird

Are you excited for all things pumpkin? If so, you may be planning a trip to the pumpkin patch. While this can be extremely exciting, it can also bring about some back pain if certain precautions are not taken. Chiropractors suggest there are a few things to remember prior to your visits to the pumpkin patch which can help prevent pain and injury to the back, including:

  • Avoid lifting heavy items with your back
  • Ask for help getting your pumpkins to the car
  • Make chiropractic care a priority

Avoid Lifting Heavy Items with Your Back

While you may be on a mad dash to find the perfect pumpkins for your fall yard and home it is important that you lift these heavy pumpkins appropriately. Chiropractors advise that lifting any heavy objects, including pumpkins, should be done with the leg muscles. For those who are unsure if they are lifting with their back or legs, chiropractors advise that the difference can be quite clear. Lifting with the back requires you to bend at the waist. However, appropriate lifting with the legs would require you to bend at the knees. Make sure before you pick up your heavy load of pumpkins that you have learned how to correctly lift a heavy load in order to prevent back pain.

Ask for Help Getting Your Pumpkins to the Car

There's no shame in asking for help. As you tote your heavy load of pumpkins from one place to another while visiting the pumpkin patch it may be necessary to ask for help getting your lovely finds to the car. Many pumpkin patches have people available who can help you lift your heavy pumpkins into your car. This can help you prevent back pain.

Make Chiropractic Care a Priority

Chiropractic care is one great way to help prevent and manage back pain. Although there are many who believe that such care is not necessary until back pain sets in, research suggests this is not true. Routine chiropractic care has proven to be beneficial in keeping back pain at bay previous to it showing up. If you are ready to begin your routine chiropractic care, drop by The Joint Chiropractic near you. With more than 400 locations nationwide you are sure to find one in your community. And with no appointment necessary, getting started is as simple as dropping in on your way to the pumpkin patch.

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

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