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Physical Therapy Tips for Safer Spring Cleaning

Spring is the perfect time to declutter your home and get rid of things you no longer need. Spring cleaning can also benefit your physical health. We will explore some tips on how to make your spring cleaning routine not only effective but also safer for your body.

Proper Lifting Techniques

One of the most common causes of injuries during spring cleaning is improper body mechanics. Maintaining good posture and using proper lifting techniques can help prevent injuries and strain on your muscles and joints. Remember to bend at the knees when lifting heavy objects and avoid twisting your body.

Stretching Before and After

Before starting your spring cleaning tasks, take a few minutes to stretch your muscles. Focus on areas that are commonly used during cleaning, such as your back, shoulders, and legs. Stretching can help warm up your muscles and reduce the risks of injuries.

Use Ergonomic Tools

Choosing the right tools can make a big difference in your spring cleaning routine. Look for ergonomic options that are designed to reduce strain on your body. For example, using a mop with a longer handle can help you avoid bending over too much while cleaning floors.

Take Breaks

It’s easy to get caught up in the momentum of spring cleaning, but it’s essential to listen to your body and take regular breaks. Sitting down, stretching, and staying hydrated can help prevent fatigue and keep you energized throughout the day. Do not overexert yourself. If you notice any symptoms like shortness of breath, sudden or severe headache, excess sweating, and chest pain after or during cleaning contact your doctor immediately.

Resources

https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/spring-cleaning-why-more-people-are-uncluttering-the-mind-for-better-health

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