5 Tips to Work in the Yard Without the Pain
By Virginia Laird
Does the thought of working in the yard cause your back to hurt? There are many who suffer from back pain after a few hours of yard work. Much of the pain that people have when working in the yard can be prevented. Chiropractors have a long history of warning patients of back pain associated with working in the yard improperly. There are a few tips that chiropractors suggest that can help reduce the pain before it begins, including:
- Stretch before beginning
- Mix up the tasks
- Wear comfortable shoes
- Use correct posture
- Lift with your legs
Stretch Before Beginning
Chiropractors recommend stretching before any activity that is demanding on the body. Yard work falls in this category. Light stretches can help the back to release tension and stress. This stretching can include a brief walk, lunges, arm circles, among others.
Mix Up the Tasks
Although most people may have the desire to start one task and not change until it is completed, it is important to change it up. This allows people to move the body around. Some yard work can require leaning or bending for long periods which can be painful to the back. When switching it up change from a chore that requires leaning to one that may allow for more movement.
Wear Comfortable Shoes
Comfortable shoes are the key to preventing back pain. This is advice from almost every chiropractor. Sandals cannot offer enough support to keep back pain at bay while working in the yard.
Use Correct Posture
Correct posture is important to protect the back, especially while working in the yard. Good posture can keep strain off the back. Chiropractors recommend posture that allows people to avoid lifting with the back. Keep in mind that the natural instinct while working in the yard is to lean forward. Fight the urge, and demand good posture. You will be glad you did!
Lift with Your Legs
Lifting with the back is the worst thing you can do. Chiropractors suggest lifting with the legs to help avoid back pain. Leg muscles can lift more weight than the back more easily. When using your legs it is important to remember to keep your back straight and bend in the knees.
Here's to hoping these tips can help you get back to loving working in the yard pain-free.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Diego, Calif.