Friday 30th March 2018
DIY on a rainy bank holiday weekend is a bit of a British tradition! Unfortunately DIY often involves activities such as lifting, twisting and reaching which can lead to injury or discomfort if you aren't careful, so here are a few helpful hints to avoid spoiling your weekend;
- If you need to buy or move heavy items such as cement, buy smaller bags if possible as these are easier and safer to carry.
- Seek assistance, don't lift heavy items on your own or use a trolley if you need to move things any distance.
- Treat DIY like exercise - don't dive straight in, warm up and down to avoid muscle strain.
- Dress appropriately in clothing that allows you to move freely.
- If you are using a ladder, position it so that you don't need to twist or lean to carry out tasks and move it regularly.
- Keep your shoulders, hips and knees pointing in the same direction to avoid twisting.
- If you are painting you will need to reach up for some of it, think about how you could get the largest amount of paint onto the higher points in the shortest space of time. Use a large paint pad or roller with an extended handle so that you can hold it at chest height, better still lie down to do the job using a platform if possible.
- For any tasks above eye level, try to keep your head in as neutral position as possible; facing forward and without stretching your neck.
Read the original article here: https://chiropractic-uk.co.uk/diy-easter-break/
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