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How to Keep Yardwork Safe

By Donna Stark

You've been wishing for warmer weather for months now, but as the saying goes, be careful with what you wish for because now, you have to focus on your yard and that means you have a lot of work ahead of you. Sure, yard work can be fun and very fulfilling for some people, but it can also be full of risk and may even be a little bit dangerous if you aren't paying attention to what you are doing. Stay safe this season and don't let the work around your home sideline you with an injury. 

Here are some safety tips from your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic.

Prepare Your Tools

Before you even think about picking up a new power tool or revving up the engine to your mower, make sure you understand exactly how it runs and how to use the proper form while handling it. Make sure your power tools are turned off before plugging them in, keep any electrical cords out of your path, and read the owner's manual if you have any questions. 

Prepare Your Body

Sprucing up your outdoor space and planting new flowers and vegetable gardens can be hard on the body, so take the time to stretch your muscles before you start. Spending a few minutes doing so could potentially save you from a lot of pain and discomfort down the road. You may want to consider getting a chiropractic adjustment too. Chiropractic adjustments can ease muscle tension, improve range of motion, and reduce the risk of injury. Your chiropractor may also share some tips on how you can maintain proper form and posture while getting the job done.  

Prepare Your Clothing and Gear

Don't forget to think about the clothing you are going to wear and the accessories you will need to use. Take a look at the following suggestions.

  • Avoid open-toed shoes and stick with supportive, athletic footwear or work boots
  • Dress in layers if the weather is being finicky
  • Make sure you have gardening gloves that aren't worn through
  • Wear pants or rubber boots when clearing out brush or high vegetation
  • Avoid too much sun exposure by applying sunscreen and wearing a hat
  • Pull out some ear protection and safety goggles if needed

Ensuring a Safe Spring Season Ahead

You may not be able to prevent all accidents and injuries, but you can do an awful lot to reduce the risk of getting hurt while taking care of your yard. Be safe this season, have fun, and remember, your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic are right around the corner if you do get hurt!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Virginia Beach, Va.

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