A Chiropractor's Guide to Mopping
By Brandi Swieter
Mopping the floor may seem like a no-brainer, but the task actually requires people to understand some specific techniques if they want to keep the activity pain-free. Something as simple as mopping can allow backpain to set in quickly if people are doing it any way they please. Chiropractors offer a guide to mopping that will help people tackle the chore with ease.
Stretch Before Starting
No one should ever pull the mop out of the closet and immediately begin working on their floors. If the body is not properly stretched beforehand, the activity will not go as planned. The joints and muscles will move better and avoid being pained if they are properly stretched and lubricated. Some simple leg and arm stretches will go a long way.
Stand Straight When Mopping
Too many people bend over and look down at the floor while they mop. This practice can quickly lead to neck, shoulder, and upper back pain. The correct form is to remain standing upright with the back straight. People should lunge forward with one leg to push the mop forward a small space at a time rather than reaching toward a far spot on the floor.
Grip the Mop With Two Hands in Two Places
Some may try to mop with just one hand, or place both hands at the top of the mop in the same location. This positioning will lead to muscle strain. Both hands should be placed on the mop, but in two different positions. While one sits near the top, the other should remain a little lower on the handle to get a good grip and leverage without overstraining the body.
Get an Adjustable Mop Handle
A mop that is too long or too short is going to cause discomfort at some point. It’s best to buy an adjustable mop handle that allows each person who uses it to switch to the correct size. The mop should not be so short that the person has to bend over, but not too long that it becomes difficult to maneuver.
People who still experience pain while mopping may have joint restrictions causing underlying problems. By visiting The Joint Chiropractic, anyone in need of an assessment can see a doctor who will determine the problem and help offer suggestions for pain relief. Household duties should be put off until a person is seen if they’re in pain.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Alexandria, Va.