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Working in the Yard Can Be Hard on the Back

By Virginia Laird

After a long, extremely cold winter, it is finally beginning to show signs of a beautiful spring. As you begin to spend more time outdoors, you will likely start taking note of the work that needs to be done in your yard. Chiropractors suggest that as you begin to plan your work for the yard, you take note of a few tips suggested by the chiropractors, including:

  • Take breaks often
  • Stretch prior to working in the yard
  • Check your tools

Take Breaks Often

When heading out to the yard to get some work done, it is necessary to plan ahead for breaks. Although you may want to get to work and get the job completed, it may not be what's best for your body. Chiropractors indicate that trying to do too much at once can prove to be painful. Yard work can be a daunting, painful, and draining task, no matter how much you choose to get done at once. As you take on the job of making your yard beautiful, make sure you allow plenty of time for breaks to rest your back and hydrate. This can prove to be helpful in preventing back pain.

Stretch Prior to Working in the Yard

Chiropractors always suggest that it's a great idea to stretch prior to working in the yard. Research suggests that stretching can help prevent pain and injury. Along with stretching before the work, chiropractors advise that you should stretch as you take breaks. This can help to release tension that can build as you work. Chiropractors suggest your stretches should include stretching the back, legs, and neck. Before you head out the yard with a plan in hand, don't forget to take a few minutes to stretch out.

Check Your Tools

Contrary to what most believe, yard tools are not one size fits all. Although these may appear to be that way, there can be a variety of differences in them. The most striking would be the handle length. Using a yard tool that is a wrong fit for your body can prove to be the culprit for back pain. Before you purchase your next tools, chiropractors suggest you try them out at the store to make sure they do not require you to lean too much while you are working.

When you find yourself in more pain than these tips will take care of, drop by The Joint Chiropractic near you. There, your chiropractor will work with you to discuss your needs and devise a plan to meet them. With more than 450 locations nationwide you are sure to find one near you. And with no appointment necessary, getting seen is as easy as dropping by on your way home from work.

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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