There are certain things that we do every day that can make our back pain worse; one of those things is cooking. Working in the kitchen entails standing for prolonged periods of time, which applies pressure on the spine. Cooking also requires bending, lifting and twisting which increases the pressure in the spinal discs and is the main cause for disc injury.
Here are some tips to avoid neck and back pain in the kitchen:
- Raise your cutting board level so that you are not bending and straining your lower back. The key is to avoid bending!
- Purchase a footstool that you can raise one foot on. This will help flex your hip and reduce the compression on the nerves resulting in less discomfort.
- Cooking requires standing for a long period of time so make sure to wear comfortable shoes with a rubber sole and a heel that is about half an inch high to provide good arch support.
- Purchase a rubber mat to stand on.
- Pay attention to your posture. Stand with a wide stance, keep chin tucked, support your head above your shoulders, and keep your shoulders back and down.
- Purchase lightweights cooks items like pots and trays to reduce the heavy lifting.