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Lessening Your Back Pain in the Kitchen

By Stephen R. Farris

You're on your way home from work, stuck in traffic and passing the time listening to your favorite tunes on the radio. All of a sudden it hits you. You forgot to plan ahead for dinner. 

Face it, it's been a long, stressful day and the physical ramifications from your job are starting to set in as well. The last thing you feel like doing is stopping off at the grocery store and grab a few things to cook, so your family will have a healthy meal. 

So you pick up a few fresh veggies and maybe some fruit, choose your protein (fish, chicken or beef), checkout and head for home dreading having to stand for a couple of hours more. Your feet hurt and your back is killing you. But there is a way to lessen the stress on your back while preparing a delicious meal for the family.

Invest in a Supportive Mat

Have you ever watched cooking shows on television? Especially those that show behind the scenes in a restaurant kitchen. Look closely next time and see that the majority of restaurants have supportive mats for their cooks and employees to stand on while preparing customer's meals. You can do the same and they're relatively inexpensive, plus they can help reduce the pressure on your back while standing over that hot stove or prepping in front of the counter.

Prop Up Your Cookbook

Most of the time when we are trying to cook by our favorite recipe, we spend it looking down at the book. Buy a stand or make one at home. Video devices have begun to hit the kitchen scene now, offering the cook a more "eye level" view, to see step-by-step recipes. Apps are available on your smartphone too, that have thousands of recipes you can watch and cook with. But remember to prop them up so you're not slouched to the left or right as much, nor constantly looking down.

Take a Break

Once you've got that roast in the oven, or the potatoes are boiling on the cooktop, take a short break. Sit down and relax a bit until you know it's time to check on your food. There's no need to constantly stand throughout the process.

And if you find yourself experiencing back, neck and joint pain, visit your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic to find out what's going on. They can suggest treatments for your condition and offer tips to manage your pain in between sessions. 

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

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