Looking at most of the household chores, it may seem a perfect exercise regime as almost all parts of the body are put to use while doing these household chores. However, if you have back pain, every now and then you will be reminded of the vital role that it plays in finishing these household tasks. Thus, it is suggested that not only when you have a back pain, but always, you should avoid doing things that can strain the back muscles and cause discomfort. Here we have discussed some tasks that should be avoided to ensure that back remains healthy and the muscle balance supporting functionality of the back is maintained too.
5 Household Tasks to Avoid During Back Pain
You took your back for granted and now you are facing the consequences. Well, the key to avoid back pain is not to skip some domestic tasks but to avoid the way you are used to do the task and do it correct. Following are some tasks to be avoided or at least do them differently so that back is not stressed further.
Sweeping or mopping the floor is not really bad for back, provided you stand straight to do it. Thus, take a broom or mop with long handle that will let you stand straight while sweeping. Also, avoid sweeping large area as this will require you to bend over and over to squeeze the mop.
This task can toss your back pain more and cause terrible pain. While vacuuming, you tend to stretch your back and body to reach the ‘hard to reach’ places. This can add to your agony. Hence, if at all you have to get the drawing room vacuumed, make sure you have attached the extended handle to your vacuum that saves you from bending over.
Hold the vacuum with both the hands that allows you less twists and stretches. After every five minutes take a break, relax the back muscles, and do some light back exercises.
This may not be your favorite task anyhow, and if your back is in pain, you are more likely to hate it. Still, if you have to do the dishes, make sure that doing this task does not add to your back pain. Move as close as possible to the counter-top and while washing the dishes, do not reach the tap or farther dishes straight, but do it sideways instead. This will not put more strain on you back muscles.
It is also suggested that take a stool and rest your foot on it with knee slightly bent. This too will help take off some pressure and weight off your back.
Lifting heavy things will not help your back and rather elevate the pain. Avoid lifting heavy stuff completely and if inevitable, distribute the weight evenly in two bags and hold in two hands with arms straight close to body.
Making Your Bed
This may seem simple, but reaching the corners to put the sheet and pillow covers may twist and stretch your back a lot. Avoid reaching to the corners of bed from one place. Instead, go to each corner to smooth and straighten the sheet.
Your back is vital organ helping you do your regular household chores. However, when it is hurt and puts you in pain, it is good either not to do some household tasks or to do them differently. Follow the above tips to make your back feel better while doing some common domestic tasks.
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