Yard Work and Back Pain
Similar to playing in a sporting event, doing yard work can injure your body with the bending, twisting, lifting, and turning involved in using yard equipment. Just like going on a mile run without stretching increases your chances of getting injured so does doing yard work without the proper warm up.
Start with a proper warm up that involves slightly increasing your heart rate and doing some stretching. Focus on breathing in and out slowly while stretching your muscle to a comfortable position. After you are done with the yard work remember to get proper rest with the use of heat or ice depending on the activity. Stretching after completing the work is recommended too.
During your yard work some recommendations are made below:
Sometimes no matter how careful you are, injury still may occur. The most common injuries that you may experience are sprains and strains. Sprains occur when a joint is forced beyond its normal range of motion. Strains occur when the muscle is overused or stretched too far. Radiation of pain down the arms or legs may actually be caused by a nerve being pinched in the spine and is a very common condition. Pain can refer down the arms if your upper back or neck are tight, pinching one of the nerves in this area. Pain may also refer down the legs if a nerve in your low back is being irritated. Chiropractors generally get to the actual cause of the symptoms and are able to effectively treat it or refer out properly. Spinal adjustments can help restore proper alignment to your spine that will relieve pain and take pressure off nerve roots. Therapy done in the office will also relax or strengthen muscles, improve blood flow, and reduce swelling. If an injury is left alone for too long it will develop into a chronic issue leading to more difficulties in the future so do not wait to have an exam performed by a chiropractor to determine the best route of care.
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