With Father’s Day coming up Dr. Jeff makes a stop at WCIU’s You and Me This Morning to discuss how certain activities that Dad’s do can be causing them back pain. The two activities that they discuss are mowing the lawn and grilling. These two simple activities that men love to do can easily put strain on their backs.
Mowing the Lawn
- When mowing the lawn we often use too much flexion, lean forward and push with our backs. Leaning forward as you push the lawn mower can strain your back. The key is to stand up straight and maintain proper posture and push with your hips, legs and arms instead of your back. Emphasize your hips because any stress on your back can be bad.
- Make sure to warm up! Take some time walking around the yard and stretching.
- Drink water! Water will help you avoid muscle cramps and spasms.
- Take breaks!
- And if it’s too much for you hire the kid next door!
- Don’t bend over the grill. Use your hips to bend to avoid flexion on the spine.
- Use a step stool or something outside that you can put one foot on to help when you lean forward with your hips. The footstool will help flex hips and reduce the compression on the nerves resulting in less discomfort.
- Pay attention to your posture. Keep your chin tucked, support your head above your shoulders, and keep your shoulders back and down.
- Wear supportive shoes.