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Learning About Diabetes Diagnosis, Treatment and Research

Caring For Your Trees? Watch Out For Back Pain

by Carla Hudson

Those who enjoy doing work around their yard themselves, rather than hiring a contractor, will often choose to take care of their own trees. On a heavily treed lot, this job can be significant. You may have to trim branches at various times throughout the year, as well as cut trees down and rake up leaves. Most people know that raking leaves can lead to back pain if they don't use the proper mechanics, but might fail to realize that caring for your trees can threaten the health of your back in other ways — and potentially land you on your local chiropractor's table for an assessment. Here are some ways to watch out for back pain when you're caring for your trees.

Straining To Reach Branches

When you need to trim some branches off your trees, you'll either use a ladder or actually climb up the trunk. This job isn't always easy, which means that you may need to get into an awkward position to reach the branches that you'll be cutting or snipping. Straining to one side or even too far forward can leave your back unsupported, and unless your muscles are strong enough to keep your spine fairly straight, it can sag and result in pain — and maybe the need for a chiropractic adjustment. Try to always get as close to where you're working as possible so that you don't compromise your back health in this manner.

Trying To Hold Heavy Branches Up

It can be easy to underestimate the weight of branches that you're trimming. Generally, unless they're small twigs, they can be very heavy and thus difficult or impossible to control. You may occasionally be tempted to grab a branch as you cut through it so that you can lower it to the ground slowly and safely, but this task will be difficult in many cases. Instead, the weight of the branch may jerk you forward, causing strain to your back.

Reefing On Ropes

Sometimes, you'll tie strong ropes to the branches you're cutting so that you can cut partway through them and then pull on the rope to control the direction of the branch when it falls. Don't make the mistake of reefing hard on the rope in a jerky fashion; constant pressure is gentler on your back, compared with a sudden jerk that can strain something or even knock your spine out of alignment. If you do experience any back pain as a result of your tree care, be sure to see your chiropractor.