Handle Outdoor Chores the Chiropractor's Way
By Brandi Swieter
As spring settles in and the warm weather finally stays, many homeowners take to the outside to handle some outdoor chores. Tasks such as caring for the lawn, gardening, and giving a good scrub down to the siding of the house should all be completed with caution. Chiropractors offer their guidance on how best to handle outdoor chores without hurting the back.
Wear the Right Footwear
No matter which task is getting handled at the time, wearing the right footwear is a priority. Too many people think they should throw on an old pair of shoes when tackling outdoor chores. These pairs usually have no level of comfort and non-existent padding. This can lead to back pain quickly, as people need well-fitted and sturdy shoes to help them remain in proper posture. Buy a new pair of tennis shoes each year specifically to wear for outdoor work.
Start the Power Washer on a Low Setting
Power washers can give off quite the blast, knocking people back off their feet. It is best to start the power washer on a low setting so there is no kickback. People with an already bad back could become more seriously injured if they’re propelled backward from a strong force. Falls happen often for this reason. More caution is needed to prevent further incidents.
Find Tools With Proper Length
Yard tools and objects that need to be used, such as rakes, shovels, leaf blowers, etc., need to be the right length. If a person attempts to use a rake that is far too short, they’ll find themselves hunched over with a sore back quickly. Each person who plans on doing outdoor chores needs to have tools that are the right size for them.
Use a Shoulder Strap
Some machines come with shoulder straps, yet most people fail to use them. Anyone performing work outside needs to use the strap if it’s available. Equipment such as trimmers, weed whackers, and leaf blowers often have some sort of strap to use.
Anyone experiencing back pain that sets in while handling a task, it’s time to stop for the day. See a chiropractor afterward at The Joint Chiropractic to alleviate the pain and tension and prepare the body to continue the work at a later time. Taking care of outdoor chores is often necessary, but it doesn’t have to be painful.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Decatur, Ga.