Has this ever happened to you?
Just a few weeks ago, this happened to one of our patients Karen, 57, from Edison.
Now you might be thinking this won’t happen to you, not with something as basic as everyday chores, but when you consider that most of us do some form of jobs around the house, that’s a lot of backs that could potential become sore! And not just that, most people we see say they suffer from back pain when doing routine activities such as chores that cause flare-ups.
So how about I give you three quick tips for everyday household chores to help make agonizing back pain a thing of the past – because chores themselves aren’t to blame (even though we’d like to think they are), it’s how you “do” them.
What I mean by this is instead of leaning forward and twisting your back, step forward in the direction of the movement with one foot and bend slightly at the knee, allowing your upper body to stay upright to reduce any strain.
back muscles. To get around this I tell my patients to do something I like to call the “golfer’s lift”, it has this name because it’s similar to how golfers pick up a ball.
One more thing, I know it can be easy to get caught up, rushing around the house to get everything done but one thing to remember is to be kind to yourself and take 20 minute breaks throughout. Relax with a hot cup of coffee before returning to your chores.