Yard Work Shouldn’t be a Pain in the Lower Back

Petett-Yard-WorkSpring isn’t always sunshine and daisies. In fact, it’s usually weeds and chaotic lawns. Pressure and tension typically accumulates in your muscles, and when you add the physical stress of landscaping, that tension could get out of hand. While a chiropractic wellness center is always the best option, there are a few things you can do to avoid injury and prevent an unsightly yard.

Dress Appropriately

In doing something as soiling as yard work, you might be inclined to convince yourself that wardrobe doesn’t matter when in fact, it’s everything. Wear clothing that allows you to use every muscle in your body without obstruction. You don’t want to limit your body’s strength when lifting bricks or carrying a lawn mower bag. Improper sartorial choices can result in back pain that is easily prevented

Pay Attention to Your Posture

Poor posture is an invitation for injury. Operating equipment like lawn mowers, rakes, shovels, weed killers, or even using your hands can cause your neck to bend too far down. The shape of your neck correlates to all areas of your lower back and upper back. Bending your knees helps when lifting and will preserve a healthy shape to your back. Anytime you’re not moving and lifting, stand up straight.

Stay Hydrated and Take Breaks

Yard work is an Olympic event deserving of the same sporting fanfare, at least it should be treated that way. Just like in competitive sports, your muscles need water to remain sprightly and active. Listen to your body when you feel like you need a break or a glass of water. This kind of awareness can prevent overheating and minimize the risk of headaches. Try starting earlier in the day or later in the evening to avoid the relentless spring heat.

Be Aware of the Aftermath

Depending on the intensity of your landscaping endeavors, soreness and muscle tension might be the price for an attractive yard. Be mindful of your body’s reaction to the work and ice any soreness for 20 minutes. Home treatment can help alleviate some immediate pain, but visiting a chiropractic wellness center will ensure that a day of yard work doesn’t turn into a permanent problem!

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