A Chiropractor's Guide to Proper Housework
By Brandi Swieter
Housework tends to get done more completely in the springtime, when spring cleaning is on many people’s mind. Everyone wants to get their house back in shape after so much junk has accumulated inside over the colder months. Chiropractors have specific guides for handling housework that need to be followed; even just a few chores can wreak havoc on the back. Following their guide is the best way to prevent injury during spring or any type of cleaning.
Take Regular Breaks
Never attempt to get all the housework done in just a few hours. The task should be spread out throughout the entire day, or even over several days, to ensure the body has time to recover after each item on the list. Regular breaks prevent exhaustion and keep the body from being overworked.
Bend at the Knees
Some housework may involve bending down to pick up heavy items. Whether a person needs to take out the trash, carry a laundry basket from one room to another, or lift boxes, there is a specific way to handle these tasks. People need to bend at the knees and lift with the legs. This keeps pressure off the back. Those who tend to lean over and grab are overexerting their backs and will end up causing injury if a muscle gets pulled.
Use the Right Handle Size
Brooms with long handles are not intended for shorter people, just as short brooms are not ideal for those who are tall. The right handle size on the tools people use while cleaning ensures the work gets done properly and without pain. Using the wrong size can do serious damage, as people often have to bend or lean back too far to use a mop or broom.
Drink Water While Working
Water is one of the best things for the body. It helps the muscles recover faster after they’ve been overworked. Water isn’t only needed for exercise. It should even be consumed during housework to keep the body hydrated and able to handle all tasks.
Follow the chiropractor’s advice for handling housework and the back is sure to be kept free from pain. Those who already have pain before starting, or who experience it still during the process, should be sure to visit The Joint Chiropractic to remove any joint restrictions.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Fort Worth, Tex.