As spring is well underway and cleaning and gardening have moved to the top of the to-do list, it is important to make sure you ease yourself into these activities.
This is a common time of the year for sprains and strains which are easily preventable with the right preparation.
Chiropractor Stephen McLindon, of McLindon Chiropractic, shares six tips to ensure you remain fit and well while getting out and about:
1 – Avoid tasks which require bending for at least one hour after rising from bed as the intervertebral discs have a little less flexibility and are more vulnerable to strains.
Before engaging in activities such as pulling weeds, digging, shovelling or raking it is wise to do some warming up.
“Walking is an excellent warm-up, as are squats and lunges,” he said.
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2 – Have a break every few hours.
This allows tissues that have become overstretched in repetitive positions to return to their ‘set point’.
3 – Avoid bending and lifting later in the day.
“Your lower back can only take so much in one day,” Mr McLindon said.
“Many lower back injuries occur later in the day, or the next morning, due to gradual and repetitive trauma of the supporting spinal tissues, making them much more vulnerable to strain, sometimes during seemingly simple movements.”
4 – If you have a big day involving repetitive bending or frequent lifting it is wise to rest or choose a different activity the following day.
Many lower back injuries occur because of inadequate tissue recovery times.
5 – If you have been prescribed exercises for your back make sure you return to your regular routine.
6 – It is also a great time to visit the chiropractor.
Poor postural habits, joint restrictions and muscular tensions all play a big role in being more susceptible to injury.
Book in your spring tune up with a chiropractor before attacking the job list.
- Call Steve, Amy or Toneya at McLindon Chiropractic on (07) 5548 7878 to book your appointment today.