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Your Yard and Your Back: Tips to Prevent Pain

By Virginia Laird 

Each fall you are likely to set out on a plan to beautify your yard. During this time of year, this includes raking leaves, changing out your foliage, and decorating for the lovely season that is fall. As you prepare yourself to do this, it's likely you remember the pain that can accompany such work. Chiropractors say back pain is a constant issue for those who work in the yard. While many believe there is little that can be done to prevent such discomfort there are actually a few tips you can try to help keep such pain at bay, including:

  • Find help with lifting heavy items
  • Take plenty of breaks as you work
  • Use good posture

Find Help With Lifting Heavy Items

Chiropractors cannot stress enough the importance of finding help when trying to lift and lug heavy loads. Often, as you work in the yard, you will encounter such loads which can lead to a great deal of pain. Rather than trying to tug these heavy bags full of leaves, yard decor, or other items across your yard as a neighbor or family member to help you move them. Sharing the load can be helpful when trying to keep your back in top condition and away from pain. 

Take Plenty of Breaks as You Work

Chiropractors have long encouraged those who work in physically demanding jobs and chores to take breaks often. This is just one of the tips to try as you do all you can to prevent back pain. When you take breaks you should get off of your feet. This allows the body to rest and release tension that may have built as you work. Chiropractors say that at least one break each hour can help stave off back pain. Consider planning your breaks as you head out to tackle the yard work. 

Use Good Posture

Although it can be a pain to track, using good posture as you work in the yard can be beneficial in preventing injury and pain to your spine. Chiropractors say that proper posture can make all the difference when trying to avoid serious pain. As you find yourself falling back into old habits and slouching, it is necessary to take the time to correct this issue so that you can be on your way to a pain-free life. Start now making good posture a priority. 

If you are one of the millions who struggle to manage your back pain, chiropractic care can be just what you need. While talking with your chiropractor, you will be able to help establish your plan of action that meets your needs and concerns. If you are ready to start your personalized pain prevention plan, drop by The Joint Chiropractic in your community to get started. With more than 475 locations nationwide, you are sure to find one nearby. And with no appointment necessary, getting your routine care initiated is as simple as dropping by when you are ready to begin.

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

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