Tips for doing yard work with less pain :: An interview on eightWest
After a long winter, we’re all ready to spend some time outdoors—and this time of year there’s plenty to do. At the first sign of a warm day, many people head to the yard and spend all afternoon raking stray leaves, pulling weeds, and trimming the hedges. But, all that work can often lead to a sore back or cause pain in your legs and knees. It’s easy to overdo it as we put extra strain on our bodies. Gina Otterbein, Regional Director at Ivy Rehab in West Michigan, talked with the WOOD TV eight West studios and shared her tips for reducing aches and pain while getting the yard ready for the warmer months ahead.
Yard Work Tips
- Change your position often. Every 20-30 minutes you need to get up, stretch, and change your position. This simple tip is going to prevent a lot of the common aches that we see after a long day in the yard.
- Avoid bending over and deep squatting when you’re pulling weeds. To ease the stress on your back and knees try using a knee pad and a stool or 5-gallon bucket to sit on so you don’t have to bend, reach, or twist as far.
- When raking or using a weed trimmer, avoid twisting your spine, which can lead to back pain. Instead, walk with the rake or weed trimmer, engage your core, and use your feet so you’re not twisting.
- Wear a pair of gloves when using power trimmers. The constant vibrations of the trimmer can lead to discomfort in your elbows, wrists, and hands. Gloves will reduce the vibrations, making your hands feel better the next day.
Working in the yard is a really rewarding process, but the last thing you want is to spend the rest of the weekend indoors because of unnecessary muscle aches and pains. If you do happen to experience low back pain, or any other discomfort, give us a call! With a quick Telehealth session, we can assess the source of your pain and give you some exercises and a treatment plan to get you feeling good again in no time. We can also review what caused the pain in the first place and talk about how to avoid it next time you’re out moving around and doing yard work.
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