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Yard Work and Back Pain: What You Need to Know

By Genevieve Cunningham

A well kept yard is something to be proud of. Flowers blooming, trimmed shrubs, and lush green grass can make a house look like a home. But it’s also a lot of work … work that can cause a bit of pain in the back. If you enjoy working in the yard, but not so much the pain that comes with it, take a look at these tips to protect your back from harm.

Activities That Might Cause Pain

Yard work, in and of itself, is pain inducing. But there may be a few activities that are more likely to trigger discomfort than others. A few of these activities might include:

  • Working in the flower bed - Whether you’re planting flower seeds, spreading fresh soil, or working on the outer edges, flower beds can be a serious source of back pain.

  • Pulling weeds - No one likes to pull weeds. The bending, stooped position creates tension and pain in the back that can be hard to overcome.

  • Raking - The repetitive motion of raking leaves the arms and the back sore and stiff. The heavier the rake or the tougher the material that you're raking, the more pain you're likely to experience.

How to Manage the Pain

Protecting your back while doing yard work might be easier than you think. For starters, make sure that you’re taking frequent breaks to allow the muscles in the back to rest. It can also be helpful to change positions often. If you’re on your hands and knees pulling weeds, get up and do something in a standing position for a while. But by far, one of the best things that you can do for your back is to get chiropractic care. Chiropractors can help remove restrictions from the vertebrae of the spine, which then eliminates both pain and pressure. With regular care, these pains may stay away, making regular life and your typical yard work easier and more enjoyable.

If you would like to get chiropractic care to protect your back, check out The Joint Chiropractic. At The Joint, getting care is easier than ever. Instead of worrying with high prices and busy schedules, just use their walk-in visits and affordable pricing plan. A little care can go a long way in the health of your back. Get the care you need beginning with a quick trip to The Joint as soon as today.

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

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