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Chiropractor Dr Dixon Explains How To Avoid DIY Injuries

How To Avoid DIY Injuries

Market Harborough Chiropractor Dr Tracy Dixon offers some great advice on how to keep yourself safe when doing DIY.chiropractor in marketharborough avoiding diy injuries at home

Normally it is at this time of year that we all start to turn our attention to our gardens, with the Easter break usually being an ideal opportunity to get out there and start sprucing things up. However, there are icicles hanging off conservatory roofs and gardens have disappeared under a veil of snow! Not what the Easter Bunny would normally anticipate!
So instead, many of us will be turning to all those DIY jobs that have been left for a rainy (or snowy!) day. In fact, we are a nation of DIY enthusiasts; we rush to get to grips with our latest home improvement projects without thinking about our own wellbeing whilst doing so. Inevitably, injuries will occur, many of which could be avoided. Chiropractor Tracy Dixon, of Archway Chiropractic in Market Harborough has the following useful hints and tips for staying DIY-injury free:

Plan ahead: if your trip to the local DIY store involves purchasing heavy items, consider having them delivered; have them unloaded as close to where you need them as possible to save the strain of moving them again.

Use a trolley for heavy items, ask for assistance where possible, and avoid lifting with your arms straight out, keep your elbows bent and to your side to minimise stress on your back.

Treat DIY like normal exercise! It is a physical activity different from what we would normally do (unless you do it for a living!), so doing some warm up and warm down exercises will lessen the chances of muscle strain.

On the job tips:

  • Always keep your shoulders, hips and knees pointing in the same direction.
  • When painting a ceiling, think about how to get the largest amount of paint on the ceiling in the shortest space of time.
  • Use a large paint pad or a roller with an extended handle (hold it at chest height). Keep your head in as neutral a position as possible and keep facing forward; don’t over stretch your neck.
  • If you need to use a ladder, make sure you are always facing it and move the ladder regularly, rather than leaning to reach your goal.
  • If you can lie down on the job using a platform, do!

 

Lastly, it is important to remember to take a break! This is to avoid being in the same position for too long which is more likely to cause muscle fatigue and injury, and strain on the joints of the back and neck (as well as shoulders, hips and knees). Vary your activity and try to spend no more than 20-30 minutes on any one thing. If painting, you can still take short breaks without it causing a problem.

If after following these tips you still sustain an injury of your muscles, bones or joints, chiropractic may have the answer. For a free initial screen with Dr Dixon, Chiropractor, at Archway Chiropractic on Lubenham Hill (based at Archway House Natural Health Centre), please call 01858 410820 and mention this article.

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