Tips for Injury-Free Spring Cleaning
As the weather warms up and the flowers start to bloom, many people start thinking about spring cleaning. It’s a great way to clear out the clutter and get your home ready for the new season. However, all that cleaning can take a toll on your body, especially your shoulders. In this blog post, we’ll discuss how to avoid and treat shoulder pain and injury resulting from spring cleaning.
Avoiding Shoulder Pain During Spring Cleaning:
Take Breaks: Spring cleaning can be an intense activity, so it’s important to take breaks every 30 minutes or so. This will give your shoulders and other muscles a chance to rest and recover.
Use Proper Lifting Techniques: When lifting heavy objects like boxes or furniture, be sure to use proper lifting techniques. Bend your knees and lift with your legs, not your back or shoulders.
Use Ergonomic Tools: Invest in ergonomic cleaning tools that are designed to reduce strain on your shoulders and other joints. For example, a mop with a long handle can help you clean floors without bending or reaching too much.
Avoid Overreaching: When cleaning high areas like ceilings or tall shelves, use a step ladder instead of stretching or overreaching. This will help you avoid straining your shoulders or falling.
Treating Shoulder Pain Resulting from Spring Cleaning:
Rest and Ice: If you experience shoulder pain or soreness after spring cleaning, the first thing to do is rest and apply ice to the affected area. This will help reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
Stretching and Exercise: Gentle stretching and exercise can help improve your range of motion and reduce stiffness in your shoulders. Consult with a healthcare provider before starting any exercise program.
Medication: Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help reduce pain and inflammation. Consult with a healthcare provider before taking any medications.
Chiropractic Care: Chiropractic care can help realign the spine and reduce pressure on the shoulders, which can alleviate pain and discomfort.
If you were a little overzealous with your spring cleaning this year and are suffering from shoulder pain because of it, the South Orange Chiropractic team can help. Book an appointment so you can find some relief and go back to enjoying your freshly spring-cleaned home.