Hi guys. I’m not even sure how long it has been since I last posted. You know how it is. Sometimes, life just kind of happens. I make no promises of posting more often.
I’m doing a bit of spiritual cleansing. Its been a rough year. It’s been a rough few years. I feel as though I’m carrying a lot of really heavy baggage. I’m working on unpacking it, dealing with it, and either letting it go or filing it away in its appropriate place in my memories. It’s time for new beginnings.
Recently, I’ve been having a lot of pain from my thumb to my inner elbow. I worry it’s carpal tunnel syndrome. I’ve noticed it flairs up the worst when I wash dishes and pull the wash from the washing machine.
I was researching natural remedies for carpal tunnel and I came across an article that said an occupational therapist will teach you how to do your chores in a way that won’t aggravate the injury. I thought, why can’t I teach myself?
So, I ran another search, and I came across this great article titled Dishwasher’s Wrist and Mopper’s Back — Simple Cleaning Chores Can Cause Painful Injuries to Backs, Wrists and Tendons on BusinessWire.com.
“Cleaning isn’t all that different from playing sports or going jogging, because in all those activities we put a high level of stress on our bodies,” said Dr. Marialice Kern, an associate professor of Kinesiology at San Francisco State University and an expert in exercise physiology.
It included some suggestions on using ergonomics to correctly do some common household chores.
Among Dr. Kern’s do’s and don’ts are:
Mopping and Vacuuming
— Keep head up
— Keep wrists flat and straight by placing your palm
along the side of the mop or vacuum handle
— Thrust your arm out and bend backwards (which can put
your back at risk)
— Twist at the waist (back problems)
— Bend wrist up while holding the mop handle (carpal
tunnel or tendonitis problems)
— Place one foot on an elevated surface, such as a step
— Slightly bend the other knee
— Keep wrists flat and straight
— Keep knees locked (back problems)
— Bend at the waist (back problems)
— Bend your wrist upward (carpal tunnel or tendonitis
Loading and unloading the washing machine
— Place basket at the same level of the machine
— When unloading, lift opposite leg (e.g. left leg) as
the arm that’s reaching into the machine (e.g. right
— Use the other hand for support
— Bend at waist and lift wet objects out by
straightening your back (back problems)
— Have basket on the floor and bend or twist at the
waist to pick up each item (carpal tunnel or
It’s a great article. Sadly, the original article which promised to have illustrations is a broken link. I’m sure a search could locate a copy.
I’m off to switch out laundry. I’m going to give some of Dr. Kern’s suggestions a try.