October 2013

Playing it Safe in the Yard

Fall and winter is a great time to hurt your back slaving away in your field of dreams. The problem with yard work is two-fold. One, the yard, for the most part, is on the ground which is a long way from your spine. Two, the yard is full of heavy things that must be picked up, carried and dumped which typically involves the dreaded BLT of back injuries. Bending, lifting and twisting. Combining these two problems can be risky, but follow these simple rules and stay clear of a major mishap.

Keep a neutral spine

Injuries most commonly occur not from lifting but from poor positioning of the spine during lifting or repetitive bending.  Keep a tall spine while hinging at the hips and knees instead of bending (rounding) at the spine.