Winter will soon be over, which means spring is on it's way! Before you tear off your heavy winter jacket to head outside and enjoy the warmer weather, make sure you read these tips from Cherry Creek Wellness Center to avoid common springtime injuries:
Wear protective gear.
Spring is the perfect time to play a game of baseball or hop on a bike, but these physical activities can lead to injuries if you’re not wearing the proper protective gear. One of the most important things you should be wearing is a helmet, as these can greatly reduce your risk of being injured. Be sure to choose the appropriate helmet for the activity you have planned. A good fit is important, so shake your head back and forth before you get moving to ensure your helmet doesn’t wiggle around too much. Learn more about choosing the right bicycle helmet
If you haven’t been physically active during the winter, you should plan on giving your body plenty of time off to promote recovery and prevent injuries. It’s important to ease your way back into exercising and being active, otherwise you may strain your muscles or overexert yourself.
Practice good form when gardening.
Many people look forward to spring so they can begin gardening again. Gardening has many benefits, including the ability to reduce stress and lower blood pressure, however it can also lead to injuries if you’re not practicing the proper form. Make sure you have kneepads to protect your knees while you’re kneeling in the dirt. You should also avoid staying in the same place for an extended period of time or twisting your body when shoveling dirt. Try to get up and stretch every five to ten minutes so you don’t feel aches and pains later.
Be careful when using a ladder.
Do you plan on cleaning out your gutters, washing your windows, or applying a fresh layer of paint to your house? If so, you’re going to need a ladder. Be careful! Many people injure themselves on ladders because they don’t really know the safest way to use them. If you’re using a ladder for spring cleaning, make sure it’s placed on a firm, flat surface and held in place by a friend or family member. You should never have to reach too far when balancing on one of the ladder’s steps. If you find yourself extending your arms to reach something, instead of losing your balance and falling, carefully step off of the ladder and move it over. Remember, a piece of furniture is never a good replacement for a ladder. A stool or chair is not designed to keep you steady while you’re in the air, so don’t put yourself at risk of falling and hurting yourself by using one instead of a ladder.
At Cherry Creek Wellness Center, we are devoted to helping our patients prevent and treat pain during all four seasons. Are you interested in learning more about our services? Contact us
today by calling 303-333-3493 to talk to a member of our helpful staff.