Do you experience back strain when you’re cleaning?
Whether you’re doing a little (or a lot of) spring cleaning, getting the house ready for Christmas or the usual weekly chores, it is important to always clean with your spine in mind.
In 2015, 3.7 million Australians experienced lower back pain, which can be caused by a number of factors, including simple everyday activities. The average Australian for example can spend up to 30 hours a week on housework, putting enormous pressure on our bodies, especially the spine.
Activities like vacuuming, mopping, cleaning windows, and even washing dishes can create back strain because of our habit of bending at the waist or having poor posture while performing repetitive movements.
Although giving up housework altogether may not be a practical option, here are a few tips to help you reduce back strain when doing some housework:
When performing activities that you would normally do hunched over like vacuuming or mopping, attempt these activities with your legs in a lunge position, while keeping your spine straight which may help prevent aches and improve your posture.
Lift Objects Carefully
If lifting heavy objects, keep the object as close to your body as you can. When space permits bend at the knees instead of the waste to lessen the strain on your back, use both hands and slowly stand up.
Taking regular breaks can help avoid constant strain on your spine. Switch between activities that require a lot of bending and activities where you can remain more upright. This will allow you to maintain more flexibility in your spine.
Visit a Chiropractor and Keep Your Spine Healthy
As a professional Brisbane chiropractor, I can provide advice and assistance that will help you to maintain a healthy spine and reduce back strain. Treatment options can include specific chiropractic adjustments, targeted stretches and exercises to help strengthen your muscles. Australian chiropractors see up to 300,000 people each week, so chiropractic care may be a great option for you.