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Keeping Back Pain Out of Yard Work

By Donna Stark

There are a lot of things to look forward to when the snow melts and springtime comes around but I can guarantee that back pain from yard work is not one of them. And since yard work is going to start soon, you should start thinking about how to keep your back safe from injury. Want to know a little secret? It's not as hard as you think! Check out some of the suggestions below from your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic.

Stretch Before You Work

Stretching your muscles before you grab your tools can help prepare your body for all of the work ahead of you. Here are some simple stretches that can really make a difference in how your body feels.

  • Place your hands above your head and interlock your fingers. Stretch as far as your arms can reach, up and toward the ceiling, and then lean to each side with your arms outstretched.
  • Stand with your arms stretched out to the side, bend your elbows, and point your fingers to the ceiling. Press your arms back until you feel your chest and shoulders opening up. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat several times.
  • Tuck your chin to your neck. Slowly turn your chin to each shoulder and hold that pose for 10 seconds.

Use Ergonomic Tools

Take the pain out of your gardening with ergonomic tools. Ergonomic tools are designed to reduce stress and discomfort, help you maintain a neutral posture, and decrease the likelihood of injury as you are working. You can find them in nearly every gardening store.

Bring Out the Hose

You may want to start digging but the ground obviously didn't get that memo. Hard surfaces will only increase your work and the risk for injury, so soften it up before you grab the shovel by spraying it down with some water. Just be careful not to use too much though ... you aren't making a mud pit!

Take Breaks

Sure, there is only so much light in the day but refusing to take breaks so you can get everything done before dinnertime can really do your body a huge disservice. Overworking your muscles to the point of injury is no way to start the spring season so let your body rest and keep yourself injury-free.

Don't Forget Chiropractic Care

Don't forget that one of the best ways to avoid pain or injury before and after your yard work is to see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic. Routine chiropractic care can help relax your muscles and increase your body's range of motion. So come on in today and get ready for all of the work ahead of you!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Morrisville, N.C.

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