Managing household chores, like taking out the trash, is a part of our daily routine. However, this seemingly simple task can lead to injuries which may be quite severe, particularly in areas like your shoulders and back. The suction that can occur between the garbage bag and the can intensifies the force on these areas, making the load heavier than it needs to be and placing excess force and strain on your body.
To minimize the strain, especially with larger containers, consider placing a small pipe or hose in the can to allow air circulation beneath the bag. Never force a bag out of the can when lifting it. Instead, use your legs to lift heavy garbage bags and avoid relying on your back.
Opting for smaller bags and emptying larger ones before they become too heavy can also contribute to reducing the overall weight. When disposing of garbage, be mindful of your surroundings. Avoid throwing bags into dumpsters above you, as this can add unnecessary strain to your shoulders and back. Use a stable step or position dumpsters in locations below you, such as near a ramp. It's essential to recognize that different situations may require specific precautions based on the contents of your garbage. Heavy lifting during trash disposal can lead to common injuries like back strains, sprains, or injuries to the discs of the back. Shoulder injuries are also a possibility, especially if you overexert yourself or lift bags that are too heavy. In such cases, injuries to the rotator cuff or labrum of the shoulder may occur.
If you find yourself dealing with these issues, seeking professional help is crucial. Chiropractors specialize in treating musculoskeletal injuries resulting from overexertion, including those related to household chores like taking out the trash. At Accident and Wellness Chiropractic, our skilled professionals are ready to assist you. Whether your injury stems from work, an auto accident, or even a routine task like trash removal, don't hesitate to schedule a visit with one of our chiropractors. Your well-being is our priority.