Yard Work Time: Protecting the Back in the Process
By Genevieve Cunningham
The flowers are blooming, the grass is greener than ever, and weeds are sprouting faster than we can keep up. It must mean one thing: spring is here! While this is a great time of year to literally get out and smell the roses, it’s also time for work. More specifically, it’s time to dig out the clippers, mower, and weedeater and start in on yard work. Yard work, when completed, is incredibly rewarding, but the process can be long and difficult. And even more than that, it can be painful … especially for our backs! Take a look at these tips for protecting the back so that you can get that spring yard in tip-top spring shape.
Avoid Bending as Much as Possible
We have tools for a reason. While yard work will definitely include some bending and stooping, it can be avoided as much as possible by using the proper tools. Leaf blowers may prevent bending to scoop leaves. A weedeater may help to avoid picking up weeds by the root. And when bending over on hands and knees is necessary, make sure that you do so in short spurts and with the back stretched and ready for the process.
Use Supportive Devices
Don’t shy away from a back brace or stabilizer. These can help support the back to minimize injury, pain, and overworking the area. These devices can be found at the local sporting good store, or if it's preferable, the doctor may be able to give a recommendation. These devices are simple to use, as they just wrap around the midsection, and they give just enough support to create a stable and strong feeling in the back and core.
Add Chiropractic Care to the Mix
Getting chiropractic care is one of the best ways to protect the back. Chiropractors manually manipulate the spine in order to reduce or eliminate restriction in the spine. Through this, the patient generally feels less pain, more flexibility, and a great number of other healthy benefits. They may also give some helpful tips for how to protect the back while you’re working outside. With ongoing care, you may find that back pain is eliminated now, and that the pain stays away all season long.
If you’re ready to try chiropractic care as a means of protecting your back, check out The Joint Chiropractic. At The Joint, getting care is easier than ever before. Just use their walk-in visits and affordable pricing plan to get the care you need without the stress and hassle. Spring is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy the sun and fresh air. Just make sure that your time is well spent and your body is more comfortable than ever by protecting your back beginning with a quick trip to The Joint today.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.