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Q: How can I avoid back pain when doing yard work?

Posted May 06, 2015 in Adel, Advice Column

A: You spend hours keeping your yard, garden, and flower beds looking their best, but often at the expense of your own well being. Repetitive motions and poor posture can lead to aches, pains and injuries that make your hobby a literal pain in the neck—and back.

Out door work activities can lead to generalized pain and stiffness as well as more specific symptoms like headaches, sciatica and carpal tunnel. Stretching, focusing on posture, taking frequent breaks and alternating activities can prevent many injuries. Taking a little time to prepare your body for the activity is worth the time you will save recovering from overuse and missing out on other activities you enjoy.

If you find that your aches and pains last more than a few days after the aggravating activity, you may have spinal misalignments that are causing the pain, predisposing you to further injury, and limiting your body from functioning at its fullest potential. Be aware that children are at risk for these overuse injuries, too, as they are often involved in summer yard and garden projects and typically use tools and machines oversized for their smaller frames. These misalignments may be impairing nerves to other cells, tissues and organs and minimizing the body’s overall wellbeing. Schedule an appointment with your chiropractor today to get your spine evaluated and discuss postures and stretches appropriate for your family’s specific needs.

Information provided by Jodi K. Kuhse D.C., D.I.C.C.P., Luellen Chiropractic, 608 Greene St., Suite C, 993-1117.

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