We often think of back injuries occurring during high risk activities such as sporting events or when lifting something heavy. But according to our Ealing chiropractor, we are often most at risk of injuring our spines whilst in the comfort of our own homes!
So here is a checklist for you to ‘spine-safe’ your house:
When you walk through a room do you have to walk around furniture? If so, move the furniture so that your path is clear.
Do you have rugs on the floor, or are your carpets rucked-up? Remove the rugs or use double-sided tape so that they won’t slip.
Are there papers, books, shoes, boxes, or other objects on the floor? Pick up things that are on the floor and always keep pathways clear.
Do you have to walk over or around wires or cords? Tape cords and wires next to the wall so that you can’t trip over them. Also, make sure your appliances are close to a socket. Do not run cables across the room.
Look at the stairs you use both inside and outside your home. Are there objects on the steps? Pick up things on the stairs and always make sure steps are clear.
Are some steps broken or uneven? Ask someone to repair them.
Do you have poor lighting or have only one light switch at the top or bottom of the stairs? Consider using additional lighting or a night light to light the top and bottom of the stairs.
Has the stairway light bulb burned out? Don’t put off changing that bulb!
Look at your kitchen and eating area. Do you store things on high shelves? Rearrange items in your cupboards and cabinets so that they are in easy reach. If you need to use a step stool, make sure you get one with a bar to hold on to. Never use a chair as a step stool.
Safe-proofing your home can save you from a nasty back injury. It doesn’t take long to put these changes into place, but it can take a long time to recover from a fall or a trip.