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Fall Activities that Can Cause Back Pain

By Virginia Laird

This time of year, with the weather cooling off and nature making its colorful changes, many people begin to find ways to enjoy the great outdoors. It can be stress-relieving and invigorating to spend time outside. While there are a number of activities for you to enjoy, some are more prone to wreak havoc on your back than others. Those include raking the leaves and hauling pumpkins home. Knowing that these activities can be strenuous for the body, it is imperative to take precautions to help prevent injury and strain on the spine. Chiropractors have outlined how to participate in these activities without falling victim to pain.

Raking Leaves

Raking leaves is inevitable and may seem to be an endless chore. Working in the yard is one of the leading causes of back pain related doctor visits in autumn. Chiropractors suggest for those who will be working in the yard to apply the following tips:

  • Use good posture - Making sure to use good posture can keep strain off the back
  • Dress comfortably - Wearing comfortable clothes and shoes can help in the battle of back pain.
  • Take breaks often - The body will need a break from the lifting, digging, and bending that will need to be done while working in the yard. Breaks can help the body release tension and allow time to remember to stay hydrated.

Hauling Pumpkins Home

Fall is much to do about pumpkins and using them to decorate the house and the yard. For this, it is necessary to visit the local pumpkin patch. There, you will find a variety of pumpkins in various sizes. Most people are drawn to the larger, perfectly shaped ones. If this is what satisfies your needs too, it may be necessary to heed the following advice:

  • Invest is a set of wheels - Invest in a wagon or other rolling contraption to help haul your pumpkin load to the car.
  • Use the Buddy system - When selecting the biggest, heaviest ones, allow someone to help you lift it.
  • Avoid lifiting with the back - Always lift with the legs. Reminder: This type of lifting is done by bending at the knees.

As you prepare to take on the fun activities of fall, make sure you protect your back from pain and injury. If you are already suffering from back pain, stop by The Joint Chiropractic in your community to begin a plan of pain management. Happy autumn!

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

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