Dr Brad Ivanchuk here.
I am a Burlington, Ontario Chiropractor, Certified Posture Expert and Certified Postural Neurologist at Life Chiropractic Centre on Guelph Line.
It is springtime and a lot of us will soon be outside cleaning up the yard and preparing our gardens.
And unless you have been active and keeping fit over the winter months, some of the activities you will be doing can certainly cause you a lot of grief most commonly in the neck, shoulders, lower back and legs.
Things like raking, pruning, bending, lifting, reaching and crouching can be very stressful on your body especially if you are somewhat deconditioned.
So, how can you make your yard-work enjoyable and safe? Because it is a very good outdoor activity which a lot of people do not get enough of.
First of all, give your body a good stretch before commencing especially your neck, shoulders, lower back and legs.
Also, have a glass of water before you begin and drink water occasionally while you are working to keep yourself hydrated. It is a very good idea to rotate through 2 or 3 different jobs, spending 20 minutes at a time on each one instead of doing the same thing for 2, 3 or 4 hours in a row.
This will most likely result in an acute and painful postural distortion. And take your time.
There is no need to rush. Your yard work will always be there tomorrow. And when you are done for the day, it is very beneficial to do another round of stretching.
Now if you get into trouble with neck pain, shoulder pain, lower back pain or sciatica (leg pains), I can help.
All you need to do is call to schedule an appointment for your free initial consultation which also includes a detailed postural analysis. Our phone number here in Burlington is 905 335 LIFE (5433) or you can email us directly by clicking on the link found on our home page.
Remember that good posture is always by design and never by circumstance.
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