As the weather gets nicer here in the midwest, it’s that time of the year to start spending more more time outside, planting the garden, walking the dogs, and cleaning up the yard. This change in activity level can be damaging on the spine without proper preparation. Here we have shared some things you can do to get your spine ready for the active spring and summer months!
As you know, stretching before working out or playing sports is crucial and being active outside is no different. Stretching the muscles and tissues allows them to warm up; therefore, not straining any muscles. The Best Health magazine shares some back stretches to keep your muscles flexible to prep for yard work and outdoor activities (https://gmb.io/back-stretches/). Be proactive, stretch and see your local chiropractor on a regular basis.
Watching how you are lifting is another important step to keeping your spine safe and healthy. When lifting heavy items bend at the knees, not the waist or even better, ask for help. These proper techniques prevent you from throwing out your back or damaging your spine. Woodbury Chiropractor, Dr. Tyler, can share tips on how to protect your back when lifting heavy items.
Break up work
Take periodic breaks when doing yard work or clean up. Your spine will thank you in the
morning. Breaking up tasks over a few days/weeks prevents overworking the spine and keeps the spine healthy.
Listen to your body. If you start to notice discomfort in your spine try switching up the task or taking a break. If the pain continues, see Cornerstone Chiropractic to get to the root of the problem.
These tips can help you to enjoy the warm weather instead of spending it with annoying back pain.