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Chiropractic Tips for Post-Winter Yard Care

By Brandi Swieter

With winter coming to an end and spring nearly here, it’s time for people to start getting back to their lawn care routine. The heavy weight of the snow, along with the cold and wetness that can come from frost alone, does a lot of damage to the yard. Some spots may appear flat as others appear discolored and no longer have their bright shade of green.

Although it’s important to take care of the lawn, it’s equally essential for individuals to take care of themselves while they’re at it. By following some chiropractic advice, anyone can keep their backs in shape even while handling strenuous yard work.

Wear Shoes With Support

It may seem as though it wouldn’t make much difference, but shoe choice is highly important when it comes to caring for the lawn. Flat shoes with no support will not do anything in terms of prevention for back pain. Comfortable shoes that provide adequate support prove much more beneficial. Too many people want to avoid ruining a new pair of shoes by throwing on an old raggedy pair while they complete work outdoors. Soreness will start in the feet and move up the legs and into the back if people aren’t careful.

Stay Hydrated

Muscle fatigue sets in easier if the body is not properly hydrated and physically capable of taking on the task. Though people should drink plenty of water before they start their lawn care, they should also be sure to keep drinking throughout the process. Taking regular water breaks will keep the body hydrated so it can work efficiently, thereby reducing the chance for injury.

Keep Proper Form

No matter which task a person is completing, they must always be sure to keep the proper form. Employing good posture will ensure the back remains straight and upright so it does not bend and twist too much, causing pain. This is especially important while raking the yard, which should always be done after winter to eliminate any twigs and other debris that cannot be visible when it comes time to mow.

Post-winter yard care often takes a considerable amount of time and effort. It can lead to severe back pain and discomfort if people aren’t cautious while handling the task. Those who do suffer from pain after tackling yard work should visit The Joint Chiropractic for relief.

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

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