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Pumpkin Patch Plans? Keep Chiropractic in Mind

By Brandi Goodman 

Visiting a pumpkin patch is a common fall activity. It can also lead to discomfort if you aren't careful. Whether you have to walk through the field or get driven back to it, there are things you can do to help make the trek easier on your body. Some chiropractic tips can help. 

Engage Your Core Muscles on a Hayride

Whether you're taking a hayride back to the pumpkin patch or simply sitting in an open trailer pulled by a tractor, you need to sit upright and engage your core muscles. Doing so can help you keep your balance and prevent all the movement from banging your body around and causing pain. Don't slouch in your spot -- but instead, maintain your posture and balance for a smoother ride.

Lift With Your Legs

When it comes time to pick a pumpkin, remember the common lifting rule. Lift with your legs! It's important that you bend at the knees so you're lower to the ground and better able to pick up a heavy pumpkin without hurting yourself. Once you have it situated in your hands, use your legs to help lift your body back up to standing position. Never bend over and try to use your back muscles to lift. It's far easier to develop an ache and hurt yourself this way. It may also be wise to choose a smaller pumpkin that won't be as heavy to carry back to the car. 

Bring Gloves

Some pumpkins may be slippery and difficult to hold onto when you try to carry them. Bring gloves that give you a good grip. It will make it easier to pick up your pumpkin and keep it safe as you walk back to the tractor -- and then back to your vehicle. 

Bring a Wagon, Dolly, or Even Stroller

One pumpkin may be fine to carry. Two or more will not be feasible. If you have small kids in tow and need a pumpkin for each of them, then it's advised to bring along some sort of wagon, dolly, or even a stroller to help make your trek easier. Something with wheels allows you to place your pumpkins inside and get them back to the vehicle without such a struggle. 

Pumpkin patch pain doesn't have to be the norm. Keep some chiropractic tips in mind and you'll be more likely to experience a great pumpkin patch visit -- no discomfort necessary. If you do experience some unusual aches after your visit, be sure to stop into The Joint Chiropractic for an assessment. 

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

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