Rearrange Your Room, Not Your Back
By Krista Elliott
There are two kinds of people in this world when it comes to furniture. Some folks place things where they want them, and then leave them in those precise spots for the rest of their lives, only moving them when it's spring-cleaning time. They like what they like, and feel no need for change.
Then you have people like my mom and me. We're incurable rearrangers. Never completely satisfied with a room's layout, we adjust tables and lamps, and shove and haul chairs and couches with a fierce, almost obsessive determination to get things just right. When the urge to rearrange comes upon us, nothing will quell it.
The only problem (besides annoying the heck out of our respective partners)? The adrenaline wears off the next day, and that's when we realize that moving a 6-foot couch four different times in one afternoon might not have been the best thing for the back.
If you share our weird compulsion, here are some tips to keep your spine and joints from bearing the brunt of your efforts:
- Have a Plan — Instead of moving the couch 14 times, first try planning out your layout. You can use old-fashioned graph paper, or some of the great online room planners that allow you to drag and drop (and rearrange) furniture in your room, seeing how it will all look before lifting so much as a houseplant.
- Get Help — And by this, I mean actual assistance, not the snarky, "Lady, you need help" that my husband probably says in his mind after seeing that I've been moving the couch again. Getting a friend to help you with the heavy stuff can make all the difference to your back and joints. Just make sure to pick one who shares your quirk, or their patience will soon wear thin.
- Glide Smoothly — Shoving a couch across carpet is a LOT of work. Special glides that you can place under your furniture's feet helps the piece slide easily across even thick carpet, making for a lot less back-straining, shoving and pulling.
- Lift Properly — If you're doing any lifting, make sure to keep your back flat, and lift using the large muscles in the thighs and backside instead.
- Get Aligned — Routine chiropractic care from The Joint Chiropractic will help ensure that your spine and joints are in proper alignment, helping to prevent injuries and improving your balance. And after your rearranging spree has spent itself? Pop by The Joint to make sure your spine and joints haven't suffered from your efforts, or if they have, to get the kind of precise and gentle treatment that will help you feel great even faster.
Chiropractic care can't fix your passion for rearranging, but it can help keep you from hurting yourself, and if you do get hurt, can help you heal faster and relieve your pain. And that's something that will never change.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.