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Chiropractic Tip: Stay Safe with Winter Yard Cleanups

By Sandy Schroeder

As the holidays roll ahead, you may find yourself doing one more outside cleanup in preparation for guests, or to plan for your spring blooms. Whatever you do, pace yourself, and avoid overdoing it.

Chiropractic to the Rescue

The Joint Chiropractic Clinic near you often sees cases of aching backs, shoulders and knees after busy weekends. The lawn may look great, but you may not feel so hot. Avoid all of the grief by choosing the right tools, limiting work sessions and warming up before you begin.

If you do overdo it, your chiropractor can help you diagnosis the problem, and find relief with a gentle targeted spinal adjustment. Far-reaching pain relief and an overall sense of well-being can help you get back to your normal routine.

Weekly 15-minute spinal adjustments can keep the benefits coming, and provide a platform to work on other health issues. Here are some more ways to stay safe as you head outdoors from

Outdoor Work Safety Tips

Always use safety goggles - When using power tools and other garden machinery wear safety goggles to keep your vision safe. It only takes one piece of flying debris to damage your eyes. Protecting your hearing is also a good idea.

Update tetanus shots - Rusty garden tools or soil from the yard can expose skin cuts or scrapes to a tetanus infection. Check with your doctor to make sure your immunizations are current.

Wear the right clothing and gear - The right clothes, gloves and high rubber boots can shield the body from chemicals, skin irritants and contamination, in addition to spiders, ticks and mosquitoes. Be careful with weed killers, fertilizers and other garden chemicals.

Avoid dehydration - Drink plenty of water to avoid getting overheated as you support all of the extra physical effort.

Power lifts with legs - Avoid straining your back as you move or lift wheelbarrow loads, tools and other garden equipment. Use your legs, not your back, to accomplish the lift. Never bend from the waist or twist as you lift. Keep heavy items close to you.

Listen to your system - Don't overdo work sessions. Take plenty of breaks and watch out for sudden emergency changes such as these. Keep your phone in your pocket.

  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Breathlessness
  • Fast heart rate
  • Confusion

Enjoy the time outdoors, and stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic to enlist more support. Affordable personal healthcare plans eliminate the hassle of insurance and weekend and evening hours make visits simple. No appointments are needed.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Fort Worth, Tex. 

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