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How to Keep Spring from Putting You on Your Back

By Virginia Laird

It is almost spring! You may already be making plans to clean your garage, closets, deep scrub the floors or even get outside and start a garden. All these activities can cause strain and pain in the back and neck. Before getting out to tackle these highly involved spring cleaning rituals, there are a few things to keep in mind to help prevent any unwanted pain.

Start Slowly

After being trapped inside during the cold of the winter, it is important to keep in mind that your body is not ready to tackle the entire Spring to-do list in one day. You should begin with the item on your list that is the least strenuous and requires the least amount of lifting. This will help the body adjust slowly and prevent debilitating soreness and aches -- especially at the outset. 

Take Breaks

You don’t have to accomplish everything in one day. It is far more important to take care of your health than it is to complete a task in a short amount of time. This may mean that cleaning the garage will take a couple of days instead of a few hours. If you begin to feel any pain or strain, it is necessary to get off your feet and give your back a rest. Continual pulling, tugging and lifting when pain is present can cause further damage.

Use Proper Techniques

It is absolutely paramount that when you decide to lift heavy things you use your legs. Lifting with the back will put you at risk of major injury. Not to mention the pain. If you aren’t sure what muscles you are lifting with, start with something light. When lifting with your legs, you will find that you are bending in the knees. This action can be more like that of a squat. When you find yourself picking something off the ground using a motion much like touching your toes, this is an example of using your back. Protect your back. Practice lifting with your legs. If all else fails, ask for help.

Visit Your Chiropractor

Your chiropractor can help you get your back and neck ready for these heavy tasks. Adjustments restore function and mobility to your spine. Though you may not realize it, you probably need the help of a chiropractor to prevent injury. Getting mobility back before you realize it is even reduced can help you check things off your spring cleaning list in a more timely fashion.

For more information about your health and wellness, visit your local The Joint Chiropractic.

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