How to Safely Tackle Fall Homework
By Sandy Schroeder
The fall list of “things to do” really can expand rapidly. At our house, it starts with a gardening/lawn cleanup, then moves on to a clearing of the garage. Then before we know it, we may wind up inside, perched on a ladder painting, or outside hanging holiday lights.
Staying safe throughout the season should be a goal for all of us. You might start with a visit to The Joint Chiropractic clinic in your area to get some more good operational tips. You could bring in the whole family to set up health profiles so everything is in place in case of accidents, injuries or falls.
Here are some good safety tips from the American Chiropractic Association that might help.
Gardening Lawn Alert
Before you twist, bend, or reach to trim the bushes or mow the lawn, it’s a good idea to start with a few warm-up and cool-down stretches. Your back, shoulders, wrist and upper legs will appreciate it.
Stretching Guide - Start slowly and breathe deeply; always stop if there is pain.
- Sit on a bench and stretch your leg forward with the knee straight, propping your heel on a step. Bend forward until you feel a stretch in the back of the thigh. Hold for a few seconds. Repeat on the other side.
- Stand up. Lift your leg and grip the front of your ankle. Pull your heel toward your bottom and hold for a few seconds.
- Raise your arms above your head. Clasp your hands and lean from side to side.
- Use ladders that are secure, and never stand on the top step
- When lifting, keep objects close to your body. Use your legs for power. Never twist as you lift.
- For heavy items, get another person to help.
Avoid 24/7 Schedules
Remember to take breaks. Don’t try to do the whole garden in one afternoon, or clean out the entire garage in a few hours. Pace yourself with snacks, rest and water breaks. All of the tasks will get done, and if you play it safe your body will still be ready to enjoy the holidays ahead.
If you do run into muscle aches and pains, you can apply a cold pack for the first 48 hours, followed by heat. You can also see your chiropractor for help with pain relief if pain persists.
The Joint Chiropractic clinic in your area is already ready with backup. The Joint Chiropractic offers extended weekend and evening hours. A private affordable care program eliminates the need for insurance, and no appointments are needed.