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Fall Chores That Could Hurt Your Back

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Along with the fresh, crisp air of fall comes lots of household chores. In addition to yard work, cleaning out the attic, your car or even the basement become priorities during the autumn months. To prevent injury, it is important to take precautions when doing fall chores.

Closing Up The House
After the warm summer months have come and gone, taking care of your home often means getting ready for the colder weather. This may mean installing your winter windows, closing up the porch or packing away all of the summer clothes and toys. When it comes to moving heavy boxes, minimize the weight as much as possible by taking multiple trips. When lifting, bend low, keep your back as straight as possible and use your legs, rather than your back, for power. This will avoid straining muscles in your back.

When sweeping or vacuuming, avoid bending and reaching too far away from your body. Keep the broom or vacuum close to your body and walk forward and backward with the sweeping motion. Avoid twisting your waist and hips when possible. Standing straight and maintaining proper posture will help alleviate any potential back pain. It is also good to continuously switch hands while sweeping, mopping or vacuuming.

It's important to take caution when doing fall chores to avoid back injury.It's important to take caution when doing fall chores to avoid back injury.

Leaf Raking
Your kids probably love when it comes time to rake the leaves. For them, the mess of leaves in the yard means that you're going to rake them into piles just so your little ones can jump in them. While raking leaves may be one of those happy signs of fall, it's also an activity that has the potential to injure your back. To avoid straining your back muscles, keep your shoulders and hips in line with the direction of the work. Avoid twisting your body by moving your hips in the same direction that you are raking. 

Many may think that prime time for gardening is in the summer and spring. However, the fall harvest provides some of the best crops of the entire year. From hunting for the best pumpkins and squash to picking apples, there is a lot of movement required for the autumn's best finds. Often times, when reaching for an object with one hand, the opposite leg is raised for balance. Doing this over and over again can cause discomfort in your back. To avoid this, place your other hand on a nearby surface for support.

This article is not intended to provide medical advice. Be sure to consult with your physician if you experience any pain or discomfort.