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Avoiding Back Pain While Cleaning

By Brandi Swieter

Cleaning the house is already a troubling task for some, with far too much to handle at once. Add in the pain that often builds up after all the bending to pick things up, twisting to grab cleaners, and reaching for items, and the chore truly is a cause for concern for some. With a few helpful tips, anyone in need of a cleaning job can get it completed without the back pain -- and other pain -- that comes with it.

Use Both Hands While Vacuuming

This may seem strange, but vacuuming is one of the leading causes of back pain while cleaning. The body needs to twist and move far too much during the process that it causes tension to build up fast. By using both hands instead of one, it helps to keep the body more stabilized and reduces the amount of twisting that gets done. It’s far better for the back if you vacuum this way, even if it feels odd at first.

Avoid Short-Handled Mops and Brooms

Many brooms and mops have very short handles, making it necessary to bend down some while using them. The back pain will set in quickly when doing this, so it’s best if these versions are avoided as much as possible. Head to the store and find a long-handled mop and broom that won’t have you bending down at all to use them.

Sit in the Tub to Clean It

Throw on some old clothes and get inside the tub when it comes time to clean it. Leaning over the side to scrub the bath will have the back feeling sore. Being inside it will help to eliminate the need for leaning and reaching as far, meaning pain won’t have the chance to set in because of it.

Bring a Stool to Do the Dishes

Too many people stand at the sink to do the dishes for a half-hour or longer at a time. They stand in one place performing repetitive motions, which quickly causes tension in the back and shoulders. Individuals washing dishes should bring a stool to the kitchen that they can rest one leg at a time on. It helps to provide some balance that will keep pressure off the spine. Simply prop a knee up on the stool and continue washing as normal. Trade off legs every few minutes or so.

Those who experience back or neck pain after cleaning should visit their chiropractor for an adjustment. It can help to relieve some tension that's felt and get the body back to normal before the next round of cleaning needs to get done. Visit The Joint Chiropractic for an adjustment today.

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

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