Summer Yard Work = Back Pain or Strain

Yes, Spring is here again.  Before you rev up the lawnmower or reach for your rake, consider the possible consequences: upper or lower-back strain, neck strain and pain in the shoulders.  We have all done it…got up one sunny morning and set out to just do a little yard work. You feel fine, excited to be outdoors again, enjoying the fresh air and cleaning up around the yard.

Perhaps by evening by evening you feel as if you were in a train wreck. We use muscles that pretty much had the winter off. The strain has put you in a bad way. That is when you need to Caron Chiropractic. We provide an integrated approach to your therapy needs.

What Can You Do?

Just as playing football or golf can injure your body, the twisting, turning, bending, and reaching of mowing and raking can also cause injury if your body is not prepared. Like an athlete, if you leap into something without warming up or knowing how to do it, the chances of injury are greater.

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) offers the following tips to help prevent the needless pain yard work may cause.

  • Do stretching exercises, without bouncing, for a total of 10 to 15 minutes spread over the course of your work. Do knee-to-chest pulls, trunk rotations, and side bends with hands above your head and fingers locked. Take a short walk to stimulate circulation. When finished with the yard work, repeat the stretching exercises.
  • Stand as straight as possible, and keep your head up as you rake or mow.
  • When it’s still warm outside, avoid the heat. If you’re a morning person, get the work done before 10 a.m. Otherwise, do your chores after 6 p.m.
  • When raking, use a “scissors” stance: right foot forward and left foot back for a few minutes, then reverse, putting your left foot forward and right foot back.
  • Bend at the knees, not the waist, as you pick up piles of leaves or grass from the grass catcher. Make the piles small to decrease the possibility of back strain.
  • When mowing, use your whole bodyweight to push the mower, rather than just your arms and back.
  • If your mower has a pull cord, don’t twist at the waist or yank the cord. Instead, bend at the knees and pull in one smooth motion.
  • Drink lots of water, wear a hat, shoes and protective glasses. And, to avoid blisters, try wearing gloves. If your equipment is loud, wear hearing protection. If you have asthma or allergies, wear a mask.
  • Try ergonomic tools, too. They’re engineered to protect you when used properly.
  • If you do feel soreness or stiffness in your back, use ice to soothe the discomfort. If there’s no improvement in two or three days, see your local doctor of chiropractic.

We can diagnose and treat patients with health problems of the musculoskeletal system and treat the effects of those problems on the nervous system and on general health. Many chiropractic treatments deal specifically with the spine and the manipulation of the spine. Chiropractic medicine is based on the principal that spinal joint misalignments interfere with the nervous system and can result in lower resistance to disease and many different conditions of diminished health.

Wellness vs. Medical Care

The main difference between wellness care and medical care seeks to turn on the body’s natural healing ability, not by adding something to the system, but by removing anything that might interfere with normal function. Standard medicine on the other hand tries to treat a symptom by adding something from the outside –a medication, a surgery or procedure.

Caron Chiropractic approaches health care stresses and overall health. Chiropractors provide natural, drugless, nonsurgical health treatments. They rely on the body’s natural recuperative abilities. They also recognize that many factors affect health, including exercise, diet, getting enough sleep, environment, and heredity. We can also analyze your posture and spine using specialized techniques.

For some patients whose health problems can be traced to the musculoskeletal system, we can manually adjust the spinal column. Other alternative medicines can be used, including therapies using water, light, massage, ultrasound, electric, acupuncture and heat. Other ways to manage your health could include exercise, changes in lifestyle and stress management. We do not prescribe drugs or perform surgery. We believe in the natural state of your body. Our experienced team help you start enjoying more of the fun parts of life without pain, naturally. We use our non-invasive means to improve and restore your health.

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