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Spring Cleaning? Protect Your Back!
The beautiful blue skies and warm temperatures of spring often motivate us to open the windows, let the fresh air in, and give our homes a thorough cleaning. Be careful though, household chores can sometimes literally be a pain in your back. Even common cleaning activities, such as loading and unloading the dishwasher, washing dishes, scrubbing the bathroom, and vacuuming the floors, can cause back strain resulting in anything from mild discomfort to debilitating pain.
Fortunately, you can lessen your risk of injury by making sure you are using proper form while cleaning. It also helps to take plenty of breaks and to do a little each day instead of one marathon session.
One of the most important things you can do to protect your back is to always make sure you use good body mechanics while lifting heavy objects, such as a bucket full of soapy water or a heavy vacuum cleaner. Make sure to always bend at your knees rather than your waist, and always keep the item you're lifting as close to your body as possible to reduce back strain. Also, make sure you are facing the object you are picking up (rather than twisting while you lift) and if you need to place it to the side of you, turn your whole body to face that direction before bending your knees and setting it down.