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Tips for Spring cleaning and Preventing Back Pain

January 19, 2017 / Field in: BPH2015

A recent survey* found 4 in 10 cannot do housework when back pain strikes. But if you're planning a spring clean don't throw in the tea towel, as the bac< Back Brace for central lower back pain could help. 

The bac< Back Brace with Cool Pads (available for $49.99) is a lightweight and comfortable support that allows tired muscles to relax while giving maximum support to the spine with its semi-ridged thermo formed back section.

Easily adjustable for a perfect fit, the bac< Back Brace includes pockets for Heat Pads or Cool Pads, which deliver soothing warmth or cooling relief to reduce swelling.

Available in small, medium and large, the bac< Back Brace includes two reusable Cool Pads and additional Heat Pads are available at $6.99 for a pack of two.

Mark Critchley, backpainhelp.com spokesperson says: "Housework can be quite an energetic and physical activity and for most people it is an easy thing to give up while in pain. However, where it can be tolerated, staying active is encouraged; drug-free support and pain relief from our Back Brace is ideal for those who don't want to limit their activities."

*One Poll survey of 2,000 says 42% are prevented from doing housework by back pain.

Here are some helpful tips to prevent back pain and making the process easier during your Spring Cleaning Extravaganza! Don't forget, you aren't just getting the house organized and clean, you are burning calories! 50 calories are burning during 15 minutes of chores. Who would've known ?

1. Plan Ahead

Make a checklist of everything you want to clean, throw away and organize. Make sure you have all the cleaning supplies needed for your big clean out.

2. Don't Overdo It!

Spring Cleaning doesn't need to be all done in one day. Start with one room at a time, check your list and move on to the next. Split it into a few days if you have to. Make sure to take frequent breaks and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Set a timer if you need to remind yourself to take a break. It can be hard to stop once you get going!

3. Keep Cleaning Supplies Near By

You want to avoid having to bend and twist and reach here or there when it it's time to getting cleaning. The closer the items are to you, the less strain your back will have. Make sure they are within arms reach without having to reach farther than you need to.

4. Use Proper Lifting Techniques

Did you know that you can actually lift incorrectly? This is one of the top reasons why back pain happens. When lifting heavy items, you should ALWAYS lift with your legs, not your Back! You should bend at your knees (not your waist) and keep your back straight. Keep heavy items close to your body and avoid twisting if possible. If it is a struggle to lift the item, don't force yourself to lift it up, wait for someone who can help you or you will feel the pain in your back the next day.

5. Be Careful

There may be some higher up areas that may cause you to climb onto a ladder or even a step stool. Make sure these are on a solid, flat and dry area. If it seems wobbly, do not climb on it or ask for assistance if possible to hold it steady.

6. Make it fun!

We all dread cleaning but that does not mean it needs to be boring. Put on some music, turn the volume up and make cleaning enjoyable. Who doesn't enjoy using the broom or mop as a microphone ? It not only will put you in a good mood it will make the time go by faster. Don'f forget to reward yourself after all your hard work and what you accomplished!

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