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Cleaning the Gutters and Avoiding Pain

By Virginia Laird

With spring in the air, it is time to begin cleaning out the gutters. This can be a huge undertaking. Although you may prefer to skip this household chore, doing so can wreak havoc on the drainage system of your roof when the spring showers begin to pour. Chiropractors encourage their patients to take great care of their back while tackling this task. A few things to consider before you crawl up the ladder to begin include: 

  • Stretch before tackling the task 
  • Check your ladder
  • Don't try to do it all at once

Stretch Before Tackling the Task

Chiropractors advise that any time you head out to work in the yard, paint the house, or do any other strenuous task, it is imperative to stretch. These stretches should always include the back and neck. Making this a habit could be one way to help prevent unwelcome back pain.

Check Your Ladder

Anytime you are using a ladder, chiropractors stress the importance of proper placement. When the ladder is placed correctly, there is no added stress on the body from struggling to reach a certain area, or having to look directly above your head for too long. Chiropractors say you should always adjust your ladder so that you can comfortably reach the areas of the gutters you are cleaning. This is one great way to prevent back pain from taking over your body as you get this chore done.

Don't Try to Do It All at Once

While you may have a strong desire to clean the gutters all in one day, it can be too much for your body to handle. Chiropractors say that being in a hurry to accomplish such a huge task can lead to a great deal of back pain. Instead, it is recommended that you make sure you take your time and allow plenty of time for breaks. During these breaks hydrate, stretch your back, and get off your feet. All of this can help you manage your back pain.

If you are one who struggles with extreme back pain, routine chiropractic care can help you manage this discomfort. While visiting with your chiropractor, the two of you will work to identify the cause of your pain and the best course of action to help eliminate it. When you are ready to begin your routine care, drop by The Joint Chiropractic in your community. With more than 500 locations nationwide you are sure to find one nearby. And with no appointment necessary, getting started is as simple as stopping by on your way home from lunch. 

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

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