This year is a leap year – the 29th February only occurs every four years…
The growth in home improvement and garden makeovers has resulted in a significant increase in the number of back injuries suffered. A visit to the chiropractor can be avoided by taking a few precautions when embarking on certain DIY projects. Here are some pointers I though may be worth noting:
- If you are planning to paint the ceiling, use a paint pad or roller with extendible handle; face forward, hold it at chest height and try not to exert your neck. Ideally lie down if you can, à la Michaelangelo.
- If you need to use a ladder, remember to face towards it and move the ladder regularly. By keeping shoulders, hips and knees pointing in the same direction you will avoid straining your back – or overbalancing.
- When gardening, start with the lighter jobs first and work your way up to the heavy- duty tasks. If pruning, use long-handled secateurs and get as close to the plant as possible.
- Laying a patio can be made easier by keeping each slab as close to your body as possible and not forgetting to bend your knees, keeping you back straight.
- Think about your clothing – even for quick jobs. Wear durable clothes that are neither or too constricting or too baggy.
- When buying heavy DIY items such as cement, buy several smaller bags in place of one large one. However, if there are only large bags available, ask for help to carry them to the car. When you get home, shovel out smaller quantities into smaller bags straight from the car.
Many accidents, strains and injuries are caused simply by trying to do too much in too little time. Unless you have shares in an osteopathy clinic – it’s just not worth it!