How to Spring Clean While Keeping Your Spine Healthy
Spring is right around the corner, so you may already be making your spring cleaning plans. This is the perfect time of year to clean out closets, pull weeds in the yard, do some landscaping and so many other indoor and outdoor activities. One mistake people make is doing too much at one time, which could cause serious back pain if they aren’t careful. Before you have to visit a spine and orthopedic center to help with your back pain, consider these tips to help you spring clean and still maintain a healthy spine.
Use Proper Lifting Techniques
Lifting multiple bags of mulch or soil can take a toll on your back. On the same note, moving furniture or lifting other heavy items can cause a back injury without proper lifting techniques. Pay attention to how you lift various items, and focus on bending your knees instead of at the waist. The one thing you don’t want is to overdo it if an item is too heavy. Calling a friend to help you move something is much better than having to undergo active spine care treatments later on because of an injured back.
You likely have a long list of items you want to accomplish during your spring cleaning efforts, but don’t think you have to do them all at once. Break up the work a little bit, and alternate heavy lifting with light duty work. Minor discomfort may be possible as you’re cleaning, so short breaks occasionally will help tremendously.
Doing short lower back stretches occasionally is important during strenuous activity. It’s especially important to do these stretches before starting an activity to get your tissues and muscles activated. Make it a point to do a few lower back stretches every 30 minutes or so. A couple minutes of stretching here and there will go a long way in keeping your spine healthy throughout your cleaning efforts.
Pay Attention to Any Discomfort
As you’re working, you have to also be conscious about any pain or discomfort you may be feeling. This is especially true when it comes to your back. Minor discomfort is expected, but if lower back stretches or taking breaks does not help the pain go away, then it’s time to stop for the day. Sometimes you have to listen to your body, and if there’s more persistent pain than normal, then it’s best to continue working another day.
DBC Active Spine Care® is the global leader in spine adaptive functional restoration. In most cases, small daily habits can protect and maintain your spine health. However, if you have persistent back pain and your quality of life has decreased as a result, then contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about our program.