The state-of-the-art equipment available today for lawn and leaf management can help turn the average homeowner into a lawn specialist overnight. But the use of weed trimmers, leaf blowers and hedge clippers has also been causing many summertime landscapers to go to the office of their local doctor of chiropractic.
The American Chiropractic Association warns that using this equipment can result in back and neck pain, as well as more serious muscular strains and tears if not used properly. It is essential to operate your yard equipment properly otherwise the symptoms your body encounters may be multiplied.
Tips on Safely Using Your Outdoor Equipment
Regardless of what piece of equipment you are using, if it comes with a support strap use it as instructed as it will serve to help normalize your center of gravity.
Be sure to switch the side that you are operating the equipment on as often as possible to help balance the muscles being used; alternating your foot stance frequently may also be beneficial.
Be sure to take frequent breaks from the activity of the day, giving your muscles a needed break as muscle fatigue may be felt when using a piece of equipment for an extended period of time.
If you consistently experience back or neck pain consider electric- powered items as they tend to be much lighter that their gasoline- powered counterparts.
When picking up or putting down your equipment, be sure to bend from the knees, not at the waist. Keep the object close to your body as you lift, not at arm’s length.
It is vital to operate your yard equipment safely, and I believe it is equally important to prepare your body before you begin to work to be safe too. Therefore, be sure to include a warm-up/cool-down period that involves stretching to help avoid injury.