Back-Saving Tips

Back-Saving Tips

The American Chiropractic Association suggests the following do’s and don’ts:

WASHING DISHES – Open the cabinet beneath the sink, bend one knee and put your foot on the shelf under the sink. Lean against the counter so some of your weight is supported in front.

IRONING – Raise one foot a bit. Place it on a small stool or a book to take some strain off your back.

VACUUMING – Use a “fencer’s stance.” Put all your weight on one foot, then step forward and back with the other foot as you push the vacuum forward and back. Use the back foot as a pivot when you turn.

TALKING ON THE PHONE – Don’t cradle the phone between your ear and shoulder. Instead, hold the phone with your hand or use the speakerphone.

WATCHING TV OR RELAXING – Don’t use the sofa arm as a pillow. The angle is much too sharp for your neck.

USE A COLDPACK FOR BACK PAIN – Wrap an ice pack in a towel moistened with warm water. The warmth gives way to gradual cold, which likely will alleviate the discomfort. If pain persists for more than a day or if you experience numbness, tingling or weakness in your arms or legs, see your chiropractor.

LIFTING – Whether you’re picking up your child or a heavy bucket of water, you need to do it the proper way to avoid injury. Bend from the knees, not the waist. As you lift, hold the item as close to your body as possible. If you have to turn to place it, step in the direction of the turn. That way, you’re not twisting your body and straining your spine.