Following the Chiropractor's Advice While Baking Pies
By Brandi Swieter
Pies are a favorite dessert among many during the holidays, particularly around Thanksgiving. Options like pumpkin pie, pecan pie, apple pie -- and more -- often fill many households, giving everyone the opportunity to get a piece of the kind they like best. While these desserts may be a tasty treat, they aren’t so easy to make. Those who handle the pie baking often experience back and neck pain while doing so, especially if they’re making many at once. Follow the chiropractor’s advice while baking pies to stay pain-free in the kitchen.
Sit as Often as Possible
Many people stand for the entire duration while they bake. Whether they are chopping up apples for a dutch apple pie or rolling out their pie dough, many stand up and lean over their work. Standing for long periods can put strain on the body, so it is important to sit as often as possible during the process. Rather than standing while using the cutting board, pull up a chair or stool and sit to do the job instead. It will give the legs a break and let the body rest for a bit before the next part of the process commences.
Avoid Hunching Over
Whether a person is sitting or standing, it is easy to find oneself hunched over the table or counter making pies. Bakers need to be aware of their posture and be sure they are standing up straight and not leaning over to avoid back pain from creeping in quickly. With more than one pie to make, pain anywhere in the body can hinder the process and make it go slowly.
Get Out All Ingredients Before Starting
Some bakers leave all ingredients where they belong, reaching and grabbing for them throughout the cooking process. Doing this can lead to added strain in the body as people stretch and reach for ingredients that aren’t at their level. Getting out all ingredients -- doing the prep work -- before starting ensures people take more time to get the items they need rather than rushing to grab something in the moment they need it during the baking process.
Pie bakers who do experience pain while baking these delicious desserts should seek the help of a chiropractor right away. The Joint Chiropractic offers extended evening and weekend hours to ensure more people can make it in for a checkup. Going forward, every baker should be sure to follow this advice to avoid pain while in the kitchen, especially if they want to enjoy the holidays with loved ones without dealing with neck and back pain while doing so.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Portland, Ore.