5 Chiropractic Tips for Summer Lawn Care
By Brandi Swieter
The summer months bring luscious green grass to many people’s yards. That is, as long as they take care of their lawns and keep them watered. Lawn care is a necessary summer chore that people do repeatedly, but many people fail to realize it can be done a safer way. Too many people experience back pain or other body aches while tackling the lawn. Following some chiropractic tips will keep the job pain-free.
Warm Up the Muscles Before Using Equipment
Much of the lawn equipment that gets used for lawn and tree care weighs several pounds or more. Paired with the vibration when in use, the weight can be too much for the person handling the equipment. For this reason, it’s important to adequately warm up the muscles before using any type of tools. Stretch out the body. Go for a short walk. Get prepared for the vigorous tasks ahead so the equipment and vibration does not cause harm to the body.
Shift Positions Often
Standing in the same spot to tackle a task can lead to exhaustion and have one muscle group weakened more than another. Shift positions often so repetitive motion injuries can be prevented. Those who are standing up straight should bend and stretch. Those who are leaning over should stand up straight. Shift feet while standing in place to alleviate some pressure on the legs and back.
It’s vital that people working outside stay hydrated. Their muscles will not work efficiently if they are not well hydrated and able to remain flexible and working right. It’s also possible to become dehydrated and suffer muscle exhaustion if a person does not drink enough water throughout the day. Anyone working outside should keep a bottle of water with them at all times.
Bend at the Knees
Some yard work tasks include picking up debris and sticks on the lawn. These things need to be removed before the grass can get mowed. Too many people bend at the waist and lean forward to pick things up. This practice should be avoided, as it can cause extra strain and lead to aches. Bending at the knees and standing back up straight with the items in hand is the better option to avoid back pain.
Take Frequent Breaks
For every 15 minutes of yard work, there should be a five minute break. It’s important for people to pace themselves and break up the work so they do not overuse their muscles and get fatigued easily. Taking breaks frequently and resting between sessions will keep the body pain-free.
With some chiropractic tips for summer lawn care, homeowners can tackle their outdoor chores easier. Those who still experience pain when doing yard work should visit The Joint Chiropractic during their daily walk-in hours. Some joint restrictions already within the body may be the culprit.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Portland, Ore.