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Try Preventative Care Before You Pick Up That Shovel

By Tom Herrin

It's that time of the year in which people begin to think about getting out the garden tools.  They probably include hand spades, rakes, all kinds of things to loosen the dirt, and shovels.  While they each can give a person a pretty good workout, it’s that shovel that might ultimately put them out of commision.  Unless it is something that is done on a regular basis, shoveling can be a stressful activity.  Not only is there the part of the work in which it is put into the ground, but the real strain comes when someone picks up whatever they have gathered in the shovel.  Many times it is much heavier than anticipated.  Even though every effort is made to move the soil to the desired location, every one of those heavy lifts can do damage to the back.  When it happens, a quick trip to a chiropractor may prevent further injury.

The Primary Injury

The most common injury to occur in shoveling is strain to the back.  The muscles are overworked and underprepared.  This leaves the joints vulnerable.  They end up with a joint dysfunction which places pressure on a nerve.  It is easily recognizable when it happens because it results in pain and quite a bit of it.

The Healing Hands

Chiropractors will usually evaluate the problem and then do something to both stimulate and relax the muscles.  They will probably perform an adjustment by gently manipulating the spine until the joint is restored to its proper position.  This should relieve the pressure and the pain.  Depending upon the extent of the damage, they may have the person come back to ensure the joint stays as it should.  Since they are using natural methods, they are enabling the body to heal itself with their support.  This is great because there are no painkillers involved.

Regular Treatment Can Help Prevent Problems

Chiropractors may suggest some exercises to help strengthen the area of the body that is most susceptible to injury.  A regular treatment schedule can help anyone be better prepared to get out and do some of that spring yard work.  Most people who enjoy working outside also like the natural lifestyle that can be provided by chiropractic treatment.  At The Joint Chiropractic, they have plans that can fit many budgets and schedules.  No insurance is required, no appointments are necessary.  They have more than 370 locations nationwide.  If you are thinking about getting started in that yard, consider dropping in at The Joint Chiropractic so you can be better prepared to avoid injury.  If you already have that aching back, drop in today.

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

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