Spring cleaning is one of those duties that is a necessity for almost all people, but dreaded to some degree by most. There are a number of tasks that need to be performed in order to keep a home properly maintained; however, one thing that shouldn’t occur during spring cleaning is an injury.
Due to all the bending, reaching and lifting that are part of the spring cleaning process, acute pain and other injuries can often flare up during this time. Overexerting yourself while performing certain motions repeatedly can result in sprains, strains and lower back pain.
As if spring cleaning wasn’t already daunting enough on its own, adding a bothersome injury to the mix will only make matters worse. Fortunately, though, most injuries can be avoided simply by practicing proper posture and being smart about your approach to spring cleaning.
These tips can help you avoid a cleaning-related injury
Preventing an injury is much easier than rehabilitating from one, so it’s best to be cautious from the start and avoid injuries altogether before they occur. Physical therapists recommend the following tips on posture and other safety measures to help you stay injury-free during spring cleaning this year:
Maintain good posture at all times: Keep your spine in line and be aware of how you’re standing and reaching; try to also keep a wide base of support.
Lift heavy loads properly by getting close to the object you’re lifting, bending from the knees, using your legs instead of your back, and avoiding too much twisting or bending while lifting.
Avoid bending over too much, and use a kneeling pad or stool and long-handed tools, especially while gardening or doing other yardwork.
Warm up for about 10 minutes before beginning to clean with some light walking and stretching to prepare the body for the tasks at hand.
Take frequent breaks and stay hydrated throughout the cleaning session.
Wear proper shoes with skid-resistant soles if possible to ensure good footing on uneven ground.
Don’t perform the same task for extended periods of time; switch from one task to another on a regular basis.
Cool down with some more stretching to relax tense muscles after cleaning.
How can a physical therapist help if you haven’t been able to avoid an injury while cleaning?
If you haven’t been able to avoid an injury while spring cleaning, a physical therapist can help you. These specialists are experts at treating musculoskeletal injuries. They can do so by building you an individualized physical therapy plan that could include:
Find help avoiding or treating spring cleaning injuries at Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation
Spring cleaning is already a tough chore as it is. Don’t make matters worse by experiencing pain or an injury that could have easily been avoided. At Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, we’ll be glad to help you with more spring cleaning safety tips or with any other aches or pains you may be experiencing.
Our physical therapists offer free screenings that can pinpoint the root cause of your injury. We’re also adept at creating personalized therapy plans intended to reduce pain and prevent future injuries. Even better, we can help you get the physical therapy you need even if you don’t have a doctor’s referral.
Contact our team today for more information about the therapy services we offer for injuries or to schedule an initial appointment.