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Keep Your Spine Healthy During Spring Cleaning

From clutter clearing to window washing, spring is the perfect time to tackle those household projects that have been accumulating. While sprucing up your abode will make your house look fresh and more inviting, cleaning can wreak havoc on your body. Back pain, neck pain and shoulder pain are some common issues that can result from doing house cleaning.

Tips to Prevent Injury

woman with arms upAt Meadowood Chiropractic, we want to help our practice members enjoy optimal spinal health and avoid injuries while performing everyday tasks. Here are some things you can do to prevent injuries when cleaning:

Warm up/stretch. Before diving into cleaning projects, you should prime your body. Performing some simple stretches and even taking a short walk can help you prevent injury.

Maintain proper posture. Tasks such as vacuuming and mopping the floor often require a lot of bending, reaching and even twisting. When performing these chores, maintain a relaxed, neutral spine. Engaging your core muscles and standing up straight can protect your back from strain or other injuries.

Take breaks. No rule says that once you start your spring cleaning, you need to stay at it until you’re done. It’s a good idea to take short 5-10-minute breaks frequently to give your muscles a break and allow you to relax. Then, you’ll feel more energized to take on the rest of your to-dos.

Share the load. If you have a family, enlist their help, so you’re not tackling all the work yourself. Assign each person a task, and you’ll get the job done quicker. Consider rewarding yourselves afterward with a movie or dinner out.

Don’t do it all in one day. While you may be motivated to do so, you don’t have to get every cleaning job done on the same day. For example, if you have a lot of windows to clean, consider washing half of them on one day and the rest a day or two later.

Lift and bend properly. When lifting objects or light furniture, many people make the mistake of bending from the waist and letting their back do the work versus their legs. It’s essential to bend your knees and keep your back straight when lifting.

Get Adjusted. Coming in for regular chiropractic adjustments also keep your spine healthy and allow you to avoid injuries.

If it’s been a while since your last adjustment, contact us today to book an appointment!

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