4 Tips to Working in the Yard Without Pain
By Virginia Laird
Those who love working in the yard often find it therapeutic and relaxing. It can serve to clear the brain of clutter that may be lingering from a stressful day. Some may enjoy the freedom of working in the yard, but cannot take the pain it can bring to the back. If you are one of the many who experience pain, you do not have to give up on what you love. A few tips that should be common to all those who spend time in the yard, include:
- Work for small amounts of time
- Utilize good posture all the time
- Wear comfy shoes when working in the yard
- Stretch before starting a task
While these tips may be things many are already doing, chiropractors have taken it one step further, offering a few more tips to help make sure pain can be kept at bay. These include:
- Vary the jobs
- Hire help for things too difficult
- Take breaks often
Vary the Jobs
It is important to vary the tasks so the body can move. Chiropractors suggest moving around every half hour (or shorter when needed) can help the back to stretch and relax. It can help to set a stopwatch so time is not lost while digging in the dirt. Don't worry if you have not completed the chore in that amount of time, it will be there after you have given your body a break from that task.
Hire Help for Things too Difficult
There is no shame in admitting help is needed. Don't think you have to be the one accomplishing every small task in the yard. Chiropractors teach patients to not lift or pull on things that are too heavy. This can be harmful to the back.
Take Breaks Often
Taking breaks often are a necessary part of helping prevent back pain. Allowing time to rest, stretch, and get off your feet for a minute is vital in supporting a healthy back. Chiropractors recommend light stretching to release the tension that may build in the back and neck.
As summer hits full swing, people may find themselves out working in the yard more often. Next time you are out in your yard, try implementing one of these chiropractor recommended tips to help prevent back pain from taking over your summer plans.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lakewood, Colo.