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3 Tips to Avoid Painful Pumpkin Picking

By Virginia Laird

By the first of October most people are ready to fill the house with the scent and beauty of all things fall. Heading out to the local pumpkin patch to load up on large pumpkins for the yard, house, and carving can mean heavy lifting. Although it is well worth the struggle, there are a few things you can do to prevent back pain while toting your precious finds to celebrate the Halloween and Thanksgiving seasons. Chiropractors suggest the following:

  • Invest (or borrow) a rolling cart
  • Avoid lifting with the back
  • Visit your chiropractor

Invest (or Borrow) a Rolling Cart

To help haul the heavy load of pumpkins and take the load entirely off your back, chiropractors suggest using a rolling cart. Investing in one may entice you to use it for more than just your fall decor. Something as little as helping to carry the groceries in the house can help decrease stress on the back. You might be surprised just how often you would put the cart to use.

Avoid Lifting with the Back

Chiropractors have long taught patients to make a habit to lift with the legs rather than the back. If you are uncertain of the difference, here is a reminder:

  • Lifting with the back - Requires a bending at the waist
  • Lifting with the legs - Requires a bending at the knees

Lifting with the back can cause injury beyond repair. The heavier the item, the more problematic it can be to lift using the back. Chiropractors suggest the best way to ensure you are lifting with your legs, is to make it a habit no matter the size of the object.

Visit Your Chiropractor

Visiting the chiropractor does not have to be something you do only when you are in pain. Spines move constantly which can cause restriction of function, and eventually pain. It is important to maintain good spinal health, which can be achieved with regular visits to your chiropractor.

If you need help with your back, visit The Joint Chiropractic in your community. With more than 380 locations nationwide, you are sure to find one near you. With no appointments necessary, getting your pain prevention plan started can be as easy as dropping by on your way home from work. After a quick visit you will be ready to head to your favorite pumpkin patch to collect your fall treasures.

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

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