Simple household tasks can turn into trouble for people with persistent back pain. But following a few general rules can help minimize the risk of injury and keep your back healthy.
Lifting. Avoid bending from the back or twisting while lifting
objects. Instead, hold the object close to your body with a good base of
support and your legs apart. Then, bend from the knees, lift and turn your
entire body from the feet to move objects and avoid putting stress on your
Build strength as you stand. Try standing on one leg when standing
while doing the dishes or brushing your teeth. This will help build strength in
the core muscles of your lower back and abdomen. Use the sink to stabilize
yourself if needed and alternate your legs every 30 seconds.
Change your position. When standing for long periods of time, such
as cooking or cleaning, widen your stance or alternate your position to avoid
repeated stress on the same muscles.
Stand proud when vacuuming. Avoid bending and pushing while
vacuuming. Instead, stand upright with your chest pushed out slightly, think
military style, and use your legs rather than your back to move forward and
- Keep weight close. Reach from as short a distance as possible when picking up objects. Keep the weight as close to your body as possible. For example, rather than reaching over the back seat to get an infant, get out of the car, sit next to the child in the back seat, bring the infant close to you and then scoot out of the car.