Keeping Laundry Day Painless
By Brandi Goodman
National Laundry Day arrives on the April 15. Now's the time to learn just how you should really be doing your laundry. Lots of pain can set in during the process if you aren't careful. With a few tips in mind, you can be sure you can handle your laundry on National Laundry Day and any other day of the year you need to do your washing and drying.
Use a Basket With Handles
The basket you use plays a major role in injury prevention. A round basket without any handles should never be purchased. It's awkward to hold and puts added stress on the back and shoulders as you attempt to lift it and carry it to your laundry room. A rectangular basket with handles ensures the weight of the contents is spread evenly across the body and can be carried with ease.
Choose a Lightweight Basket
Because a load of laundry adds to the weight you'll need to carry, it's important to also choose a basket that is lightweight. A heavy wicker basket may look nice sitting in the corner of your room, but its weight is only going to be a problem as you attempt to lift a full load and bring it to your washing machine. A light, plastic basket is typically best.
Never Rest the Basket on Your Hip
It may feel comfortable at the time to rest a short, round basket on one hip as you carry it to its destination. This can quickly lead to tension on one side of the body. Using the handles and carrying the load in front of you ensures even weight distribution that is less likely to cause any strain.
Bend at the Knees to Remove Clothes
You might find yourself bending down at the waist and grabbing clothes out of the basket to throw into the washer. You most likely do the same thing when removing clothes to put into the dryer, and then again when you take them out of the dryer to bring back to their designated room. It's important to bend at the knees instead so the back remains straight. This limits the chance for injury and pain.
If you find yourself with a laundry-related injury or feel sore after finishing other household chores, visit The Joint Chiropractic. Joint restrictions may need to be removed so the body can feel well once again.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Kingwood, Tex.