Whether you’re a keen baker, or not, who can resist The Great British Bake Off? The good news is that the wait is over and this year’s series is well underway. This year’s competitors look like a talented bunch if the number of handshakes that Paul has handed out so far is anything to go by. There have been spectacular bakes and well let’s say a few flops so far but all in all it’s shaping up to be a great contest.
Back pain may not be the first thing you think about when baking, however, it’s not uncommon for our chiropractors at the Spine & Joint Centre in Ealing to treat patients who are suffering back pain from their recent baking exploits.
Our chiropractors offer the following back safe baking advice to help all you bakers out there to help keep your back safe.
A common cause of back pain for bakers and chefs is working at a counter top that is too low for them. A counter top that is too lowresults in hours stooped over which puts pressure on the spine.
If you find your counter top is too low then spread your feet wider to lower your body height down. You can slao use a chopping board which is a practical way to alter the level of your work surface.
It’s surprising just how much lifting, bending and carrying you do when baking (and shopping for your baking!). These activities can all be common causes of back pain. Heavy baking ingredients, pots, pans and bake wear and also kitchen equipment and mixers all add to the risks when lifting, bending and carrying.
Remember to always bend at the knees and not from the back when lifting or bending. When carrying, avoid twisting your body by always facing the direction you are moving towards.
Take regular breaks to help avoid stiffness and to give your body a rest. Doing some simple stretches also helps.
Keep your back safe when baking by following the advice fro our chiropractor in Ealing and happy baking.