5 Chiropractic Recommendations for Spring Lawn Care
By Brandi Swieter
Once springtime arrives, people tend to head outdoors to tackle the lawn care that hasn’t been handled throughout the colder season. With the warm weather in full effect, spring is the perfect time to get leftover yard work completed before all the regular lawn mowing will need to happen in the summer when grass grows quickly. Spring lawn care cannot be done in any old way, though. People need to use caution and follow some chiropractic recommendations to avoid pain and injury while completing the tasks.
Switch Up the Work
Repetitive motions can do damage to the body quicker than spontaneous actions. Instead of tending to the garden for an hour at a time, individuals should do a little in the garden followed by some lawn care before then switching to some exterior home cleaning. Switching up the work prevents repetitive movements from causing pain.
Stretch Before Starting
Stretching isn’t only meant before exercise. It should really be done before any sort of activity that will require muscle movement and hard work. Just a few minutes to stretch out the body before starting on the yard work will be a huge help in the prevention of injuries.
Put on a Good Pair of Shoes
People often think they should throw on some old tennis shoes when heading outside to do yard work. This is bad practice that needs to be thrown out the window. Old shoes do not have the proper support to keep people free from pain while they work. A good pair of shoes that are comfortable and sturdy is the better option.
Switch Sides When Doing Tasks
Whether a person is raking up leaves and debris in the yard, using gardening tools to dig in the dirt, or otherwise handling equipment, it’s important to switch sides often during these tasks. Using just one arm on one side of the body can cause pain to set in quickly. It overworks those muscles and causes strain. People need to switch their tools to their other hand and work on that side for a while, and switch back again every so often.
Hire Someone Younger
The older people get, the more they tend to feel all the aches and pains that come along with yard work. The body just isn’t as flexible as it once was, making even some simple tasks harder to accomplish. Hiring someone younger (or healthier) to do the job may be the easier option if people struggle with back pain or joint problems already. A neighborhood teenager may handle the chores quicker and for affordable pay.
Spring lawn care can wreak havoc on the body if people aren’t careful. Anyone experiencing pain after completing their tasks should visit The Joint Chiropractic for assistance. Some joint restrictions may need to get eliminated to get the body back to feeling normal and pain-free.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.