Spring cleaning chores can come with unwanted pain if not done carefully. Bending and/or twisting at the waist is a common cause for upper and lower back pain. From washing dishes, to vacuuming, using the proper techniques can prevent you from experiencing back or neck pain.
- When washing dishes, open the cabinet beneath the sink, bend one knee and put your foot on the shelf under the sink. Lean against the counter so some of your weight is supported in front.
- When ironing, raise one foot a bit. Place it on a small stool or a book to take some strain off your back.
- To vacuum, use a “fencer’s stance.” Put all your weight on one foot, then step forward and back with the other foot as you push the vacuum forward and back. Use the back foot as a pivot when you turn.
If your back begins to hurt, use a cold pack. Wrap an ice pack in a towel moistened with warm water. The warmth gives way to gradual cold, which likely will alleviate the discomfort. No ice? Try a bag of frozen veggies instead.
If pain persists for more than a day or two or if you experience numbness, tingling or weakness in your arms or legs after doing chores, see your Chiropractor at Corner on Wellness Chiropractic Center.
Corner on Wellness, Bothell’s Chiropractic Choice™, serves the communities of Bothell, Kenmore, Woodinville, and Lake Forest Park. Drs David Arthur and Suzie Shay have a combined 38 years of experience treating injuries related to car accidents, work, sports and Pediatrics.