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Working in the Yard Without Breaking Your Back

By Virginia Laird

With the warm weather starting to make a grand appearance, it is time to start thinking about changing things up in the yard. However, getting the task accomplished without back pain would be quite the miracle. Fortunately chiropractors have suggested a few tips to help prevent such pain and keep you on your feet. These include:

  • Always stretch before you begin
  • Find help when lifting heavy loads
  • Avoid doing too much at once

Always Stretch Before You Begin 

Chiropractors strongly encourage those prone to back pain to make it a habit to stretch before participating in any strenuous activity, including yard work. These stretches should be simple, but enough to release tension in the back and neck. The next time you plan to head out the door to tackle the lovely task of yard work, make sure to take the time to stretch before getting started.

Find Help When Lifting Heavy Loads

There are many heavy items that need to be lifted while making your yard a beautiful place to relax. Bags of soil, bending to dig, heavy bags of leaves, and much more can be too heavy for you to lift on your own. Chiropractors say that you should always get some help lifting these heavy items.  As you plan your time spent in the yard include a friend or family member who can help you get the job done.

Avoid Doing Too Much at Once

Making the yard look good as fast as possible is a goal for many. However, chiropractors say that trying to do too much too quickly can be a recipe for pain. Chiropractors encourage those working in their ward to plan for plenty of breaks to stretch, get off your feet, and hydrate. These breaks should last at least 15 minutes before getting back to work. 

For those who suffer with extreme back pain, routine chiropractic care may be exactly what you need to eliminate it. Chiropractors spend the majority of their time caring for the vertebrae in your spine. Using small adjustments, these chiropractors will release tension and restore function, which helps eliminate pain. If this sounds like something you are ready to commit to, drop by The Joint Chiropractic in your community. With more than 500 locations nationwide you are sure to find one nearby. And with no appointment necessary you can  get the help you need when you need it most.

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

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