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Ready for Yard work? 3 Tips to Prevent Pain

By Virginia Laird

Are you ready for spring? While you may be more than ready for the warmer weather, you may not be ready to begin the enormous task of getting the yard ready for spring. Many take on the task of planting flowers and plants which thrive in the spring and summer. Chiropractors warn that tackling yardwork can prove to cause pain for the back. A few tips these provide to avoid such pain include:

  • Use correct posture when working in the yard
  • Invest in the proper yard tools
  • Stretch before beginning the work

Use Correct Posture When Working in the Yard

Chiropractors teach that it is best to use correct posture at all times. This is especially true when working in the yard. If you have ever spent much time beautifying your yard, you know firsthand how easy it can be to find yourself leaning forward for long periods of time. This is a sure way to invite back pain. When you head out to take on the task of yard work this spring, make sure to take the time to use the best posture you can.

Invest in the Proper Yard Tools

Many believe that yard tools are one size fits all. However, this is not the case. When using tools which are the wrong height, it can increase the chances of bad posture. Chiropractors teach it is wise to try out the tools before the purchase. This can include holding the tools (while at the store) as you would in the yard. Make sure the length of the handle does not require too much leaning forward. You will be glad you made sure to find tools which find you and your stature.

Stretch Before Beginning the Work

Like any workout, yard work can prove to be strenuous. It is best to stretch before beginning the work. Chiropractors advise that light stretching prior to the task as well as stretching when taking breaks can keep the pain away. There is no need to pull out the yoga mat, simple stretching of the back, arms, neck and legs can help prevent pain and injury while completing the task.

If you are one who suffers with back pain on a regular basis, it may be wise to visit your chiropractor before working in your yard. Stop by The Joint Chiropractic in your community to make your back pain a thing of the past. With no appointment necessary, you are sure to be able to be seen when you need the care most. With more than 400 locations nationwide, you are certain to find one located conveniently near you.

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

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