You might not realize it but doing a simple daily task can put stress on your spine. It is important to always be aware of your back with all activities. For example vacuuming can cause a lot of stress on your spine. The best way to avoid that back pain is to vacuum correctly.
When vacuuming, use a “fencer’s stance.”
- Start by putting all your weight on one foot.
- Step forward and back with the other foot as you push the vacuum forward and back.
- Use your back foot to pivot when you turn.
- Keep your back in the power position, and engage your core muscles. This emphases the action to your hips and legs.
If you need to lower yourself to pick up objects or to reach in a tight spots, hinge at your hips to keep from rounding your low back. You may find it a lot easier to get down onto one knee in these situations. Keep the vacuum directly in front of you at all times. Avoid trying to reach around corners or objects. Don't twist or bend your trunk to get under objects or to reach into tight spots.