Mowing the lawn, weeding, gardening, and raking leaves: these are just a few of the tasks that most people dread doing. However, there is one task in particular that can be especially difficult for those who have back pain: yard work. Yard work puts your spine at risk because it often requires bending down to reach weeds or flowers underneath bushes and shrubs. Fortunately, though, this doesn’t have to be an issue if you take precautions beforehand! In this blog post we’ll examine 4 ways to protect your back while doing yard work so you don’t end up with chronic pain later on down the road.
1. Warm Up Your Muscles Before Doing Yard Work
Warming up your muscles before doing yard work is important because you want to avoid any potential injuries. Before starting anything physical, walk for about five or ten minutes to warm yourself up and make sure that the body parts are ready. If you do not walk first, there could be muscle strain during the activity which will lead to an injury like a sprain or tear in tendons.
2. Drink Plenty Of Water Before Doing Yard Work
Drinking water is essential for any kind of work, especially yard work. Water helps the body stay hydrated and gives you energy to complete your tasks without getting tired easily. Without adequate amounts of water in our bodies, we can become dehydrated which leads to decreased mental function as well as physical fatigue that makes us more prone to accidents or injuries. If you are not sure how much water is needed before doing yard work then aim for drinking at least two liters of fluids throughout the day starting with breakfast.
3. Make Sure You Take Breaks While Doing Yard Work
Yard work can be hard on the body. While it is good to get out into nature and take care of your yard, you should make sure that you are taking breaks along the way so as not to injure yourself or become too exhausted. Take a break every 30 minutes of work if necessary. Obviously, this will vary depending on how much time you have and how big your yard is but taking breaks is essential to protecting your back while doing yard work.
4. Get Consistent Chiropractic Care
Getting consistent chiropractic care is a great way to stay healthy and avoid back pain. One of the main benefits that come from consistent visits to your local chiropractor is that they can give you exercises for home use between appointments to keep things strong and flexible.
In addition, if something does happen during an appointment or follow up visit, it will be caught right away so treatment can begin immediately. If you don’t think this sounds important enough then here’s another point: not only do routine chiropractic adjustments help maintain a healthy spine by reducing pressure on nerves but they also help prevent or slow the progression of arthritis in the spine.
Chiropractic care is important to the overall wellness of your spine and nervous system. Chiropractors ensure that chiropractic adjustments are used as a means to heal and restore, not just alleviate pain or treat symptoms. So if you stay consistent with your visits you’ll not only be better prepared to protect your back while doing yard work but you’ll also reap the health benefits that chiropractic provides for many years to come.
In closing, if you don’t have a chiropractor, please give us a call. Our Doctor of Chiropractic specializes in treating all types of health issues related to the spine. We love our patients, we love our practice and we’re here to serve you! So give us a call. We’re here to help!
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