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Posted on 06-19-2016
Summer lawn care tasks are more than just a pain in the neck. They can also cause muscles to ache in other areas too, including the back, arms, shoulders and legs. So our Lexington, Kentucky, chiropractor wanted to remind everyone to be careful out there, especially when it comes to trimming hedges and trees.
Let’s start with the hedges first. Electric hedge trimmers for residential use generally weigh anywhere from three to six pounds. When in operation, they tend to vibrate heavily. As such, they may cause moderate strain on a person’s hands, arms, back, hips, side and stomach muscles. The neck muscles may also be affected, depending on how high the hedges are to begin with.
Trimming trees, on the other hand, involves more weight lifting and muscles than the ones we’ve already mentioned. For example, the average chain saw weighs 11 pounds or more before being filled with fuel. Like hedge trimmers, they also vibrate and tend to kick back against a person’s body during use. Consequently, they have a tendency to bruise chest and arm muscles. There is the added strain on the back, legs and feet too.
With that said, our Lexington, Kentucky, chiropractor recommends that everyone warm up their muscles before trimming the hedges and trees. The same goes for other lawn care tasks that generally take place during the summer. Stopping periodically to shift position or change tasks will also go a long way in preventing repetitive injuries commonly associated with landscaping work.
And we always encourage people who work outside to remain hydrated. After all, human muscle tissue and joints need water whether a person is working outside or not. So drink up often! From a chiropractic standpoint, water and beverages that contain nourishing electrolytes tend to work best.
Finally, don’t forget that our Lexington Kentucky chiropractor is here if those summer lawn care tasks ultimately spark a series of aches and pains. To make an appointment and get pain relief, please contact us today.
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