Studies show that over 27% of people spend at least part of their time caring for others – aging parents or sick loved ones. Of these people, 52% report having chronic back pain. If you fall under this category, chances are that, as a caregiver, your physical and psychological needs often go untreated. If you are a caregiver who suffers from back pain, here are some tips on how to reduce strain on your back while caring for others.
- Take Breaks. The biggest factor that leads to chronic back pain is repetitive motion. No matter what your caregiving consists of (standing, sitting, lifting, etc.), the best way to reduce the risk of back pain is to switch up your movements throughout the day. If your caregiving consists of standing all day, taking frequent breaks to sit will help you avoid back and muscle pain.
- Lift Properly. Many times, as a caregiver, your job will consist of lifting heavy objects or even people. When lifting heavy objects, be sure to keep these tips in mind:
- Lift with your legs, not your back. Avoid twisting and turning motions while lifting and don’t lift more than you can. If you need to, be sure to ask for a hand.
- Keep Moving. If you suffer from back pain, you might think that the best way to avoid back pain is to discontinue movement. However, this is usually not the case. Regular exercise and movement can greatly improve your body’s ability to recover. If you suffer from back pain, taking long breaks and ceasing movement can typically only exacerbate the pain.
- Stand Correctly. Standing for extended periods of time can easily take a toll on your body. Because of this, it’s important to consider your posture when standing all day. Keep these tips in mind the next time you plan on standing for long periods of time:
- Keep your posture in check. Be sure to stand with your shoulders aligned over your hips – not leaning forwards or backwards.
- Keep your weight evenly distributed on both feet. If your feet or legs get tired, take a break. If you can’t take a break, then take turns lifting one leg at a time to reduce pressure on your legs and feet. If your feet begin to hurt, be sure to shift positions frequently to avoid prolonged pressure on the feet.
- See a Chiropractor. If chronic pain persists, don’t put off seeing a chiropractor. If you are suffering from back pain, diagnosing the problem early can greatly reduce the risk of it turning into something serious.
At the Davis Clinic of Chiropractic in The Villages, Florida, we offer back pain treatments to help relieve chronic pain and symptoms. If you are a caregiver who suffers from chronic back pain, don’t put off seeing a chiropractor another day. We can help you get back on your feet so you can continue helping the ones you love. Give us a call today at (352) 430 – 2121.