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Posted on 02-26-2014

Back Pain and Yard Work

This time of year tends to be a busy time for us here at Kingwood Chiropractic Associates.  We usually see quite of few injuries from doing yard work, especially the lower back.  Here are a few tips to prevent common injuries:

  1. Stretch - Stretch before you do yard work, just as if you were going running.
  2. Keep your nose between your toes - Make sure to use your legs and avoid repetitive bending and turning to the side.  This creates a lot of stress to the lumbar (lower back) discs.
  3. Hydrate - Drink plenty of water to keep your muscles hydrated and less likely to strain.
  4. Split it up - Don't try to conquer the entire yard in one day.  Also, change it up.  For example, spread some mulch, then mow, then sweep, then do some more mulch, etc.  Don't do the same activity for prolonged periods of time.

For more detailed specific recommendations based on your unique spine, give us a call at 281-359-6932.

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