A Chiropractor's Guide to Dusting
By Brandi Swieter
Dusting may seem like one of the easiest chores imaginable, but tackling the task wrong could lead to back problems if people aren’t careful. Too many people attempt to bend, stretch, and twist their backs as they dust to reach a faraway spot. Chiropractors have specific recommendations on how best to dust to avoid any back pain from occuring during the process.
Twisting the back in an attempt to reach a back corner or a hard-to-reach spot is sure to lead to pain quickly. People tend to twist and bend over and over again throughout the dusting process, causing a great deal of strain and tension on the back. It’s best to avoid twisting while dusting and instead get as close as possible to all spots. Use a step ladder if necessary for closer access.
Stretch Before You Start
It may seem silly to do stretches before a simple activity such as dusting, but it can actually have great impact on the body. It’s particularly important to stretch if a person has been sitting for an extended time or hasn’t done much activity as of late. A few simple stretches to get the body ready to go is all it takes. Stretch the arms toward the ceiling, bend down and touch the toes, and even do a few squats or lunges to get the legs loose and the blood flowing.
Get a Longer Handle
Too many dusters come on a short handle that doesn’t allow for much reach. Instead of using these basic cleaning tools, it’s better to get a longer handle that gives the duster much more reach and lets the user get into farther-away spots. A long-reach duster set is one of the best options or there are extension tools that can be added to a small handle.
Dust One Room at a Time
Taking frequent breaks is the best option no matter what type of activity a person is doing. It’s important to dust just one room at a time and then take a break for a few minutes. This practice prevents the body from getting overworked and sore too easily.
Individuals need to start following chiropractic advice when dusting. It’s never a safe idea to bend and twist the back to reach that top shelf. Instead, dust with care and caution to avoid any pain and overexertion of the body. Those who do experience pain after handling some household chores should visit The Joint Chiropractic to have joint restrictions eliminated and get their bodies adjusted accordingly.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Phoenix, Ariz.