Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation reminds you to use proper posture while spring cleaning to avoid pain and injury
Spring cleaning is one of those duties that is a necessity for almost all people, but dreaded to some degree by most. While there are a number of components that need to be performed in order to keep a home properly maintained during spring cleaning, one thing that should not occur is an injury.
Due to all the bending, reaching and lifting that are part of the spring cleaning process, acute pain and other injuries may often flare up during this time. Overexerting yourself while performing certain motions repeatedly can result in sprain, strains and low back pain.
As if spring cleaning wasn’t already daunting enough on its own, adding a bothersome injury to the mix will only make matters worse. Fortunately, though, most injuries can be avoided simply by practicing proper posture and being smart about your approach to spring cleaning.
Preventing an injury is much easier than rehabilitating from one, so it’s best to be cautious from the start and avoid injuries altogether before they occur. Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation recommends the following tips on posture and other safety measures to help you stay injury-free during spring cleaning this year:
- Maintain good posture at all times: keep your spine in line and be aware of how you’re standing and reaching; try to also keep a wide base of support
- Lift heavy loads properly by getting close to the object you’re lifting, bending from the knees, using your legs instead of your back, and avoiding too much twisting or bending while lifting
- Avoid bending over too much and use a kneeling pad or stool and long-handed tools, especially while gardening or doing other yard work
- Warm up for about 10 minutes before beginning to clean with some light walking and stretching to prepare the body for the tasks at hand
- Take frequent breaks and stay hydrated throughout the cleaning session
- Wear proper shoes with skid resistant soles if possible to ensure good footing on uneven ground
- Don’t perform the same task for extended periods of time; switch from one task to another on a regular basis
- Cool down with some more stretching to relax tense muscles after cleaning
Spring cleaning is already a tough chore as it is. Don’t make matters worse by experiencing pain or an injury that could’ve easily been avoided. At Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, we’ll be glad to help you with more spring cleaning safety tips or with any other aches or pains you may be experiencing. Call 732-494-0895 for more information or to schedule an appointment at any of our three locations in Woodbridge, Union or Edison, NJ.