Yard Work Doesn't Have to Be Painful
By Virginia Laird
Working in the yard can be very therapeutic. It can allow the head to clear of the clutter that may be hanging around from your 9 to 5 work. Although it can be mentally relaxing, it can cause strain to the body, resulting in pain. Chiropractors suggest those with back pain be careful in yard work and protect the back. This can be done in a variety of ways. Some of the top chiropractor recommended ways include:
- Work for short periods of time
- Use good posture
- Wear comfy shoes
- Stretch before beginning
There are a few other things that can be done to help prevent pain while enjoying the yard, including:
- Vary the tasks
- Hire help when needed
- Take breaks often
Vary the Tasks
One of the most important things that a person can do while working in the yard is to vary to tasks. Chiropractors suggest moving around can help the back to stretch and relax. This remains true for yard work. Try limiting yourself to 15 minutes of one chore then move to the next. You can always come back to the first one later if it is not finished.
Hire Help When Needed
Protect your back by hiring someone to help you with things that are too heavy or difficult for you to do alone. Chiropractors have long taught patients to not lift or pull on things that are too heavy. Lifting with the legs is the best way to move heavy objects. This can require the help of another.
Take Breaks Often
Taking breaks from working is important in protecting the back from pain. Think about the various positions required for yard work. The bending, leaning, and pulling can all put strain on the spine. No matter the activity, chiropractors suggest that while involved in activities that can put stress on the spine, you take breaks every 15-20 minutes. During these breaks, it is recommended to take part in light stretches.
Yard work seems to take a larger role in the weekly life of many during the summer. Make sure the next time you head outdoors to begin working, you take with you a few of these tips. You may notice your back pain and discomfort to be less than it has been in the past. Hopefully you can begin to enjoy your yard work again!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Peoria, Ariz.