The season is changing bringing warm weather and cool breezes perfect for spending time out doors reading and sipping on tea or enjoying a stroll with a loved one . However, the changing season also means that it is time to start taking out our Spring cleaning to do lists. Having back pain can making Spring cleaning feel daunting and overwhelming. Here are a few tips to help you ease your back pain while completing the many much needed tasks for Spring cleaning.
- Before beginning any activities, make sure to warm up to loosen your muscles and get your heart pumping to reduce chances of injury.
- If you are planning on using tools or other equipment, inspect them for cleanliness, safety and replace any items that may not be in working in order.
- Taking breaks is important, especially when completing a big cleaning project like Spring cleaning. Make sure to take frequent breaks and stay hydrated with plenty of water.
- Ask for help when moving heavy furniture.
- Instead of scrubbing the floor on your hands and knees, use a mop. Your back will thank you. Push the mop back and forth focusing on small areas at a time.
- If you insist on scrubbing the floor on your hands and knees, make sure not to lean too far in any direction. Kneel on a knee pad for extra cushioning.
- Vacuuming can be strenuous on your back and neck. When vacuuming, keep the hose in front of your body at your waist. Use both hands when pushing the vacuuming. Walk straight across the carpet, instead of using short pushing and pulling strokes.
- When cleaning the bathtub, stand outside the tub. Use a long mop instead of sitting and leaning over the side.
- Use a secure ladder or step stool when washing high windows to stay level with the window. You can do this with painting as well. This way your back and neck aren't stretched for long periods of time.
- When lifting heavy items such as mulch, flower pots and other heavy items, bend your knees and lift with your legs. Items should be close to your body and always use both hands.
- Tighten your abdominal and leg muscles when pulling weeds.
- Don't think of Spring cleaning, but rather a great opportunity for a wonderful work out.
Protect your back by following these simple tips for Spring cleaning and your back will thank you for it.