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How to Prevent Back Injuries While Doing Chores

By Lana Bandoim

Chores can be boring and painful. Whether you are stuck vacuuming the carpets or mopping the tile floors, back injuries can occur. Before ending up on the freshly-cleaned floor in pain, consider the following tips to prevent injuries. It will also make your chiropractor a lot happier.

Always Bend at the Knees

When picking up broken toys or lifting the edge of the rug to see what the kids hid under it, make sure you always bend at the knees. Do not make the mistake of bending at the waist. This can lead to back pain and muscle strains.

Avoid Reaching

Instead of constantly reaching with your arms, use the shoulders and back to move closer to the object. This may eliminate some back problems.

Avoid Bending to Do the Dishes

Low sinks and dirty dishes can lead to awkward bending. Try to stand with a straight back while doing the dishes to avoid pain from bending.  

Have a Ladder Plan

Whether the ladder is necessary to clean the gutters outside or to wipe the chandelier inside, it is important to have a plan. Back injuries are a common result of falls from a ladder. However, you can prevent them by having a plan.

First, make sure your shoes are slip-resistant and will not slide off the rungs. Second, assemble the ladder carefully so it is not wobbly or leaning. Third, place the ladder on firm ground or a flat surface (again, so it's not wobbly). Fourth, consider having another person help you while using the ladder to reduce injuries.

Get a Light Vacuum

Heavy vacuums are harder to maneuver and put more pressure on the back. In addition, you may need to lift the vacuum to reach small spaces or drag it up the stairs. When the vacuum is too heavy, it can lead to annoying back injuries. Light vacuums with long cords are easier to use.

Use Mops with Long Handles

It is important to switch to mops with long handles. They allow you to clean the floors without bending or hunching the back.

Take Frequent Breaks

Even the best equipment for chores cannot replace the need for frequent breaks. Make sure there are multiple breaks between household responsibilities.

If these injury prevention tips are not enough to stop back pain, consider visiting The Joint Chiropractic to get chiropractic help. The personalized care plans are affordable and convenient. The chiropractors at The Joint can offer other suggestions to stop the pain and improve spinal health.  

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

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