Protecting Your Back While Doing Household Chores

Household chores can be a pain in the neck, sure, but they can literally be a pain in the back if you aren’t careful. We often see patients who’ve injured themselves after cleaning the floors or lifting objects, and so many household, routine activities can result in discomfort if you don’t protect your back. Next time you tackle your to-do list of household tasks, follow these tips to avoid injury and discomfort.

When washing dishes, protect your back by opening the cabinet under the sink, bending your knee and resting your foot on the shelf under the sink. To support your weight, lean against the counter while you wash.

Have a lot of ironing to do? Raise one foot a bit by resting it on a book or small stool. This will take strain off your back while you iron.

When vacuuming, put your weight on one foot, then step back and forth with the other foot as you push your vacuum. Known as the “fencer’s stance,” this will help protect your back. When you turn, use your back foot as a pivot.

Spending lots of time on the phone? Avoid cradling the phone between your shoulder and ear. This position locks up the spinal joints in the upper back, leading to pain. Instead, hold your phone with your hand or take advantage of the speakerphone feature.

Unpacking groceries? Lift heavy bags and other objects by bending from your knees, not your waist. When lifting, hold the item as near as you can to your body. Avoid twisting your body as you move.

If you do strain your back or experience discomfort after doing household chores or any other activity, give us a call! Life’s too short to spend it in pain. Contact us to make an appointment today!

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