Tips From Your Chiropractor: Avoiding Injury During Yard Work

November 6, 2018

As the seasons change, there’s always yard work to do. In the fall, leaves fall by the thousands, and in winter you have to cover gardens, handle ice and snow, and more.

Unfortunately, if you aren’t careful as you do the work around your home, you can easily hurt yourself – especially your back. If you feel any pain or stiffness that lingers, be sure to get to your Little Rock chiropractor right away!

 

Of course, it’s best to avoid injuries in the first place. Here are some ways to stay safe and pain-free as you work in your yard.

 

Stretch Regularly

You might feel silly doing a series of stretches before going into the yard, but yard work is essentially a workout! It pays to stretch before you get started.

 

Stretching helps warm your muscles, which makes any kind of movement easier and less jarring. It can also help you hold a better posture as you work, and protect your back as you rake, bend, and handle your chores.

 

Don’t just stretch before you go outside. Have a daily routine of stretching to help keep you limber. This type of gentle movement also improves your circulation and boosts flexibility. It can help you need less frequent trips to the chiropractor!

 

What many people don’t realize is that daily stretching also calms the mind and helps reduce stress. There’s no reason NOT to stretch!

 

Vary Your Work

Repetitive motion is bad for your body, whether it’s typing for hours at work or bending and lifting repeatedly in the yard.

 

To avoid injury from this type of activity, vary your tasks regularly. After raking for a while, try trimming trees. After spending some time bent over in the garden, consider stretching upward by cleaning the gutter.

 

Of course, we’re not saying you have to do everything your yard requires in one afternoon, but if you have several hours of work planned, mix it up to stay healthy.

 

Even with a good mix, you might feel pain or a tweak in your back. Be sure to see a chiropractor if this happens!

 

Take Breaks

Some people don’t enjoy yard work, so they try to get it all over with as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, this can result in an unplanned trip to the chiropractor.

 

Instead of trying to power through by doing everything all in one day, or one weekend, take breaks every hour. Sit down, get some water to drink, and stretch a bit.

 

Even though it isn’t hot out, you are in danger of getting dehydrated if you don’t take regular breaks. You get hot and sweat while working, and your body needs regular water intake during the day anyway. If you go hours without water, you’re setting yourself up for injury!

 

Just resting for 5 or 10 minutes each hour can help you feel renewed and ready for your next task.

 

Visit Your Little Rock Chiropractor for Pain

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you end up feeling achy and sore after yard work. Don’t worry about it – just make an appointment to see the chiropractor.

 

Probably, something in your spine got into poor alignment during all that activity, and you need a simple adjustment to feel better. Contact us to make an appointment any time – we’re here to keep you on the road to good health!

What You Need to Know About Whiplash

If you’ve fallen or been in a car accident – even if the incident was minor – you may have suffered whiplash. While this injury doesn’t have the external signs a broken bone or cut shows, it can be just as serious.   Having your whiplash taken seriously and...

read more

Ways to Work Self-Care Into Your Day

Staying healthy is about a lot more than avoiding pain and illness. Yes, you want to limit how often you have to go to a back pain doctor, but you can do a lot better than that. The good news is that you can go beyond being “OK,” or “not in pain,” and actually feel...

read more

Why You Need a Digital Detox

Millions of years ago, humans were developing and growing as a species. This consisted primarily of sitting on soft, comfortable seats, staring straight ahead, and moving very little except their fingers and wrists. Wait, what? That’s not how it was?   Our bodies...

read more

Back Pain: Understanding Slipped Discs

What does it mean to “slip a disc?” If you have significant pain in your back, you may think that one of the discs between your vertebrae has slipped out of place. That’s not quite what happens – but it is true that those discs can behave in ways they shouldn’t and...

read more

Managing Back and Neck Pain With Natural Remedies

It seems our society is almost trained that any time we have pain or discomfort, we should immediately go to the doctor to get medicine for it. We certainly have nothing against proper medical treatment, but we also recognize that many times pills mask our symptoms...

read more

4 Ways to Stay Active as You Age

As you get older, your body doesn’t work as well as it used it. You just don’t have the limberness, flexibility, and even mobility you had when you were younger. However, it’s vital to keep your body moving, even as it gets harder. The

read more

5 Tips for Staying Active This Winter

As the weather gets colder and the holidays approach, you may feel like giving up your exercise routine or taking a break from being active.  The temperatures in Little Rock may not be as cold as other parts of the country, but they’re certainly not as comfortable as...

read more

Understanding Your Spine: The Thoracic Spine

Don’t be fazed by the big words. Having problems with your neck and shoulders is incredibly common. However, back pain is just as familiar to many Americans.   In fact, back pain is one of the most common reasons that people see the doctor or miss work. A lot of...

read more