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Pain Free Cleaning Tips

Protect Your Joints With These Housecleaning Tips

To minimize trauma on your body and joints while cleaning, first warm up by walking around the house. Then follow these joint-friendly easy cleaning moves.

Back-Safe Bending

Common mistake: Bending from the waist.

Typical tasks: Unloading washer, dryer and dishwasher; gathering and picking up items; washing dishes; ironing; cleaning under furniture; scrubbing tubs; making beds.

Safe solutions:

  • Follow the old saying, “bend with your knees, not your back.” Slightly flex knees, and keep a hollow in your back.
    When standing, minimize back pressure by placing one foot on an elevated surface, such as a stepstool or bottom shelf.
    When unloading, use a “golfer’s lift.” Simply kick back the leg opposite your extended arm.
    Kneel or get help for floor-level or awkward tasks.

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