Infographic: How can you do chores with less back pain?

Everyday tips on caring for your back

Can you do housework and run errands while keeping your back pain from getting worse? Possibly.

Here are a few tips to try managing your back pain as you go about everyday tasks:

  • vacuuming - walk with the vacuum across the floor, instead of pushing and pulling.
  • housecleaning - don't strain to reach; use a damp close on the end of a broom to reach low places.
  • using the phone - avoid cradling the phone on your shoulder; consider getting a hands-free phone or headset.
  • driving - when you get into the car, sit first, then turn so you bring both legs into the car together. When getting out, do the reverse.
  • unloading groceries - don't try to take all of the bags in all at once. Make a few extra trips to avoid straining.
  • picking up children - if you're lifting a kiddo, avoid doing so from a standing position or remember to lift properly using your legs. Better yet, find a place to sit and let the child climb in your lap.
  • gardening - when you can, sit squat or get on your knees, instead of bending.
  • washing dishes - if you're doing dishes the old-fashioned way, you might feel better with one foot slightly higher than the other. While doing dishes, open the cupboard below and place one foot on the ledge.