Spring has sprung! The storms are here, and the temperature is warming up. Look at those Jacarandas! Amazing. I love springtime in Brisbane.
If you’re making the most of this weather, before it gets too hot and the Holiday Season is upon us, here are a few tips to help look after your spine whilst you’re in the garden or spring cleaning the house.
In the spring garden
Such a wonderful time to be in the garden! The results are quickly seen with the fast growth and flowers blooming. Be aware of the heavy objects that need moving. Use your legs to do the lifting. Bend your knees when space allows and keep the object you are lifting close to your body. Face directly onto the object – twisting and lifting at the same time can be one of the riskiest activities for low back injuries. Take your time when you get up. Remember to bend your knees as you lower the object to the ground too.
The fashion for raised garden beds and vertical gardens is a real blessing for your back, they look amazing and are ideal for small spaces. They help to keep your spine more upright whilst you tend your garden. Use tools to reduce bending and be aware of good technique when you use them. If you have a larger garden and have the space, a garden bench or stool can bring you closer to the ground to reduce the amount of stooping and hunching.
Sprucing up the house
Spring is a great time to catch up on the household chores you have put off over the colder months. Housework is a great way to burn off some calories and get your bikini body in better shape. Doing your floor mopping, sweeping, and vacuuming in a squatting position with your spine straight can reduce the strain on your spine.
When you wash dishes or do the ironing, try to put one foot on a low step such as the bottom shelf of the kitchen cupboard (with the door open, of course!). This will help your low back and your neck.
The tips above for lifting also apply in the house. Remember to take breaks when you need to and keep hydrated. Housework and gardening can work up a thirst in this warmer weather.
The Australian Chiropractors Association has a free app that can help stabilise core muscles, your spine’s health, and general wellbeing. It just takes 3 minutes, is called the Straighten Up app and can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play. You can also set reminders in it to help you take breaks, stay hydrated and improve your posture.
If you have any other questions regarding tips for the gardening or housework, your chiropractor at Clayfield Chiropractic would be happy to talk to you about. Shaun, Laura or Cheyne can offer appropriate care for your pain condition and offer lifestyle advice and tips to improve your general wellbeing. You can book online at brisbanechiropractor.com.au or call Chris or Julie if you would like to make an appointment.
Cheyne graduated from Sydney College of Chiropractic and Osteopathy in 1984. She also has postgraduate qualifications in paediatric chiropractic care. Before joining Clayfield Chiropractic Clinic in 1993, Cheyne enjoyed seven years in a Sydney based practice. Cheyne has 5 children and 3 grandchildren.