Tips & Techniques

Is Vacuuming Hurting Your Back?

Denise Smith 
July 10, 2017

For those who dislike housework, is this the news we have all been waiting for? Vacuuming, or any activity that involves pushing and pulling, can indeed
be bad for your back if you are not using proper body mechanics. Any repetitive movement that involves bending and twisting your spine places you at
increased risk for a back injury. When we vacuum, we tend to plant our feet in one spot, and bend and reach with the vacuum as far as we can. This
method involves repeated bending and twisting movements as we stretch with the vacuum as far forward and around obstacles without having to take a
step. Instead, try to walk with your vacuum. It will boost your total steps you walk in your day, and it will help save your back. Follow these tips
the next time you vacuum your floor:

- Keep the vacuum handle in front of you so that you don’t twist

- Use your legs to move the vacuum forward and backward instead of bending at the waist

- Keep your shoulders and hips aligned to avoid bending forward and twisting movements

- Take small steps to turn with the vacuum, rather than twisting your torso

- Use proper lifting techniques when carrying your vacuum from one room or level of the house to the next

- Call Chicagoland Central Vacuum for their recommendations on the lightest weight vacuums on the market!

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Meet the Author
Denise Smith graduated from Marquette University in 2002 with a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy and has been a certified running technique specialist since 2014. She is a consultant for multiple local middle and high schools and instructs courses in Kinesiology at McHenry County College. Denise also travels the country as part of the Pose Method education team with a lecture series on injury prevention and treatment along with the running technique certification course.
You were made to move!