Avoid Back Pain While Cleaning the House
Not only is housework a pain in the butt, but it can also be a pain in the back! We can’t give you tips on how to enjoy the cleaning process, but we can surely give you tips on how to protect yourself from back and neck pain while doing your household chores. Just follow these tips.
Avoiding Pain During Vacuuming, Mopping, Raking, and Shoveling
The most common house hold chores to cause back pain flare ups are vacuuming, moping, raking, and shoveling. This is because all four of these activities include repeated movements that require you to bend at the waist. To avoid the pain and strain on your muscles, keep your hips and shoulders moving in the direction of the way you work. Also, try to stay upright instead of bending over. You can also stay upright while doing a partial lunge if you need to. Another tip is to invest in vacuums, mops, rakes, and shovels that are on the lighter side and easier for you to grip.
Avoid Pain Washing Dishes
Sometimes if feels like your kitchen sink is never empty and that you are constantly doing dishes. To avoid back pain while doing endless dishes, keep your posture as upright as possible, instead of bending over the sink to scrub dishes. This might mean you have to open up the cabinet doors underneath and place on foot inside to help you squat lower and keep your back upright. This pose may seem awkward, but you will avoid back and neck pain and get a little toning in for the behind. Also, use a padded floor mat underneath the sink to help cushion your feet.
Avoid Pain Doing Laundry and Picking Up
The pain from laundry and picking up is stimulated by the same and constant bending motion. Again, try to keep your back straight when possible. Instead of bending down over and over again to pick up kid’s toys, try crawling on the ground while picking them up to avoid the repetitive bending motion.
Cleaning the house isn’t fun, but someone has to do it. If you are the one in charge of keeping your home sparkling, then keep these tips in mind so you don’t end up with back pain. Also, as a reward for cleaning the house, why not stop by The Joint for a wellness adjustment. Our quick and efficient adjustments will help relieve the pain and improve your overall health.