Monday, March 19, 2012

Back Pain and Yard Work

This time of year tends to be a busy time for us here in Kingwood.  We usually see quite of few injuries from doing yard work, especially the lower back.  Here are a few tips to prevent injuries:
  1. Stretch - Stretching before doing yard work is just as important as before sports.
  2. Keep your nose between your toes - Make sure to use your legs and avoid repetitive bending and turning to the side.  This creates a lot of stress to the lower back and the discs.
  3. Hydrate - Drink plenty of water to keep your muscles hydrated.
  4. Split it up - Don't try to conquer the entire yard in one day.  Also, change it up.  For example, spread some mulch, then mow, then sweep, then do some more mulch, etc.  Don't do the same activity for prolonged periods of time.
Good luck with your yards this year.  Hope we get more rain than last!

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