If you have back or neck problems, pay attention to these rules in housework!

Tuesday, March 02, 2021 – 14:14 | Last Updated: 02 03 2021 – 14:14

Although household chores seem easy for some, ironing, loading and unloading the dishwasher, wiping the floor, hanging curtains, vacuuming the house, standing for hours while cooking seriously affect the spine and neck muscles. Noting that 6 out of every 10 housewives experience pain due to musculoskeletal problems, Physiotherapist Bünyamin Aydın explained what people with these problems should pay attention to during housework.

Although it may not be considered a profession according to some people, housewife is undoubtedly among the most challenging jobs with its many difficulties. With prolonged standing, repetitive compulsive movements and the strains caused by them, problems occur in various parts of the body, especially the spine, in women.

60 percent of women who do heavy housework cannot do what they require in daily life due to various musculoskeletal problems and experience pain problems in various parts of their bodies. Physiotherapist Bünyamin Aydın, who said that the majority of these problems are caused by waist and neck hernias, shared tips that will protect the spine while doing housework for people with waist and neck hernia.


Stating that frequent work at home, such as standing in the same position for a long time, bending down and taking things without bending the knees, carrying heavy loads, increase the load on the lumbar spine, Aydın suggests:

“While the dishwasher is emptied, the knees should be bent down slightly and the pipe / handle of the broom should be adjusted according to the person’s own height while vacuuming the house. When something is to be lifted from the ground, the knees should be bent and crouched. In jobs that require standing for a long time, such as ironing and preparing meals, it is absolutely necessary to continue the work done after taking a break every 20-30 minutes and having a rest. The floor should not be wiped by leaning forward or kneeling excessively, and the long-handled floor wiping apparatus that can keep the spine as straight as possible should be used.


Physiotherapist Bünyamin Aydın, underlining that the work done by excessively tilting the neck forward and the sudden movements that force the neck muscles, as well as staying in the same position for a long time pose a great risk in terms of neck hernias, lists what you can do to protect your neck as follows:

“Do not bend your neck excessively forward while ironing, use height adjustable ironing boards. When cooking, stay neither too close nor too far from the counter, and again avoid bending your head forward. In addition, do not stay in the same position for a long time, be sure to take a break from your work at regular intervals and continue after resting. Activities above eye level, such as racking, curtain hanging, put extreme backward strain on the neck joints and vertebrae. When doing such things, use a ladder or step reinforcement to reduce the load on your neck muscles. “

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