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Save Your Back During Yardwork

If you live in any kind of home that has a yard or garden, chances are you have to do yardwork. And with summer coming, more and more weeds are sure to pop up and need to be taken care of. While you may take yardwork as a time to relax and even spend time with the kids (someone needs to teach them the importance of hard work after all!), your back may not take too kindly to it.

Working in the yard is a quick way to put unnecessary strain on your spine and back muscles. According to the National Safety Council, more than four million people suffer injuries from yardwork annually. You do not have to be part of that statistic. Here are some quick tips for working safely this summer.

 Stay Comfortable

If you are working in the garden, chances are you are kneeling down to plant flowers and pull weeds. Use cushions and kneepads to lessen the strain and encourage better posture. In the same vein, use the proper tools for the job. If possible, use electric trimmers instead of gas-powered ones. Electric tools tend to be much lighter and easier to use. Also, keep the trimmer close to the body so you are not hunching over.

Just like with any activity in the heat, there are certain guidelines you should follow to make work easier. First, stay hydrated and wear light, brightly-colored clothing. This will keep you from becoming dehydrated as quickly, which can lead to muscle spasms. Also, save your back by lifting with your legs when moving heavy items. Keep said items as close to your torso as much as possible when carrying them to put less strain on your spine.

Finally, stretching can help you prevent injury, both before and after working. Do not overly exert yourself while stretching, such as forcing yourself to touch your toes when you were straining to reach your shins. Doing so can cause serious damage to your muscles, including tears. Stretch slowly and let the body really limber up. Avoid bounding or jerking, as this can also cause damage. You should feel good during and after stretching; being in pain is a good indicator that you may have done damage to your muscles.

What to Do If You Do Get Injured

Even the best preparation and work techniques cannot prevent injury 100 percent of the time. When injuries happen, it is important to take the proper steps that lead to recovery. First, stop what you are doing. It may seem like you can keep working with a sore back, but doing so can exacerbate the issue.

Next, seek out a chiropractor who can give you back pain treatment in Woodbridge. A well-qualified chiropractor will be able to release the stress and tension in the muscles while also making sure your spine is healthy and aligned.

If you need a chiropractor in Woodbridge, ACT Wellness is here to help. Our cutting-edge technology, as well as traditional treatments, can help alleviate even the worst back strains. Contact us today for more information or to make an appointment.