07 May Don’t Hurt Yourself! 6 Tips to Consider Before Performing Spring Lawn Care
It’s spring and many of us are finally starting to enjoy the warm weather. From spending a little more time outdoors to performing some spring cleaning maintenance on our lawns, there’s plenty of reason to enjoy the season.
Of course, if you’re planning on doing a bit of upkeep around your home, you’ll want to take the necessary precautions to avoid hurting yourself. Let the McAllen chiropractors of Hendrick Wellness Center provide you with a few tips to keep you and your body safe while doing a bit of spring cleaning.
Avoid a Back Injury with These Spring Cleaning Tips
1. No need to rush. Break up the work.
Don’t expect to get everything done in one day, especially if you are handling everything by yourself. Just concentrate on one task at a time and take breaks frequently so you don’t tire yourself out. Don’t forget to drink lots of water, too.
Taking breaks throughout the day will help to keep your muscles from getting fatigued while also giving your back and spine a little rest.
2. Stretch it out first.
Even though you aren’t necessarily exercising, you are still using your muscles quite a bit when doing any sort of cleaning – especially when doing lawn care. Stretching should really be done before any of these types of activities.
Taking a few minutes to stretch out your muscles before starting on yard work can help to prevent injuries. Start with your head and neck then work your way down through your spine and legs.
Stretching out can be especially beneficial for older adults. Failing to give yourself a proper stretch can increase the chances of a muscle strain or other injury.
3. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Having an extra person to help you with the job at hand will help you to finish a lot faster, and it’s a lot safer. Depending on what your lawn care routine consists of, you might be using a ladder or other sorts of equipment that can pose a risk to your health. A fall from a ladder can do some serious damage to your spine.
If you don’t feel confident in your ability to handle all the workload, then don’t be afraid to hire someone else to get it done. This can be helpful for older adults who just don’t have the same type of mobility as they once did.
There’s no sense in risking your health. Get help as needed.
4. Lift heavy items with the right technique. And get help!
An improper lifting technique can be a huge burden on your back and spine, leading to serious health-related issues. When lifting a heavy object, make sure to lift with your legs and NOT your back. Always bend at the knees and keep your back straight. Hold heavy items close to your body and avoid twisting your body while carrying the object.
If you need to place an object to the side of you, turn your whole body not just your waist.
Ideally, however, you’ll have someone else who can help you lift the large or heavy item. Two people are ALWAYS better than one.
5. Keep your supplies nearby.
Keep your cleaning items and tools within reach so you don’t have to be constantly bending over to grab them. For instance, folding laundry or sorting items can be done on a table or countertop so that you easily reach what you need from a standing or seating position. The less you twist, reach, bend, or strain your back, the better.
Also, try to do as much as you can while standing upright. Use a mop or similar cleaning tool to reach high areas, or use a step stool so you don’t have to strain. Limiting the amount of bending and reaching you do can greatly reduce the risk of pulling a back muscle.
6. Don’t ignore the pain.
After working for a while, you might feel a bit of discomfort in your back and spine. If you don’t consistently workout, it’s generally expected to be a bit sore after a day of activity. But if your pain continues to increase – or you outright suffer an injury while performing your spring cleaning – stop.
Do NOT ignore the pain to finish the task at hand as you will only hurt yourself more.
If it feels like just a strain or sprain, then rest and ice the area. You can take a bit of ibuprofen to help with any pain. However, if the pain doesn’t go away within a few days, consider heading to a medical specialist.
Spring cleaning and lawn care can really take a toll on your body if you aren’t careful. If you are experiencing neck, back, or spinal pain after a day of spring cleaning, consult with the experienced and quality McAllen chiropractors at Hendrick Wellness Center. We offer the chiropractic services you need to begin healing.