As the weather starts to warm up, many people begin to venture outdoors to start their spring yard clean-up  For us we started by cleaning too many months of dog poop that we let get ahead of us and it reminded me that it might be time to remind our valued patients about some tips to stay healthy and avoid injury during spring cleanup.

Yard work can often lead to musculoskeletal injuries, particularly to the neck, back, and shoulders. In this blog post, we will discuss some safety tips that you can follow to avoid these injuries during spring yard clean-up.

Warm Up Before Starting Yard Work
Just like any other physical activity, it's important to warm up before starting yard work. Take a few minutes to stretch your muscles, especially your lower back, before you start. This will help to reduce the risk of injury.

Use Proper Tools
Using proper tools can help you avoid unnecessary strain on your muscles. Use long-handled tools, such as rakes and shovels, to avoid bending over too much. This can help to prevent lower back pain. If you're using a lawn mower or a hedge trimmer, make sure it's properly maintained and in good working order.

Practice Good Posture
Good posture is important to maintain during yard work. Avoid hunching over or bending over for extended periods of time. Keep your back straight and your shoulders relaxed. If you need to pick something up, bend your knees and use your leg muscles to lift, rather than your back muscles.

Take Frequent Breaks
Don't overexert yourself. Take frequent breaks and rest when you need to. This can help to prevent fatigue and reduce the risk of injury.

Use Correct Lifting Techniques
If you need to lift heavy objects, make sure to use proper lifting techniques. Stand close to the object and bend your knees, keeping your back straight. Lift with your leg muscles, rather than your back muscles. If the object is too heavy, ask for help.

Stay Hydrated
It's important to stay hydrated while doing yard work. Make sure to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, which can cause muscle cramps and strains.

Don't Rush
Take your time while doing yard work. Don't rush or try to do too much at once. This can lead to overexertion and injury.

By following these safety tips, you can reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries during spring yard clean-up. However, if you do experience pain or discomfort, don't hesitate to contact us at 204-885-4842 or Our experienced chiropractors can help to relieve your pain and get you back to enjoying the beautiful spring weather.


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