Back pain is one of the most common health complaints by Brits, and according to Bupa, back pain affects one in three people in the UK. Each case varies, and some instances of back pain only lasts for a short duration. However, in the worst-case scenario it can be a chronic issue, and pain is only alleviated when you adapt and change your lifestyle. When it comes to day to day living, the bathroom is one of the most personal and private spaces in the home. Moreover, it can be one of the trickiest rooms to clean, as there are often high, low and tight spaces to clean, which means it’s important to take care of ourselves when cleaning.
Health and safety practices are frequently mentioned in the workplace, but more often than not we aren’t practicing the advice at home. “Awkward” lifting techniques, can have a detrimental affect on the back before we acknowledge the damage it’s caused. Therefore, to protect and support your back, it’s recommended to bend at the hips, whilst keeping your chest forward with a straight back. No matter the weight of the object you need to pick up, get into the practice of using this technique. However, if the object is quite heavy keep it close to the body and manoeuvre the item appropriately.
Clean in Steps
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and it certainly doesn’t have to be cleaned in a day. Take your time and clean sections of the bathroom, to refrain from straining your back. Make sure that you take regular breaks when you clean, as it’ll support your back and is beneficial in the long run to avoid injury. Walk-in baths for the elderly and disabled and walk-in showers need to be maintained with care using gentle hands. Clean the fixtures and surfaces with a soft pad, as it isn’t too abrasive for the walk-in bath or shower enclosure.
Take it Easy
In theory, it’s easy to say to regularly change your position as we know that standing for a long time causes prolonged stress on our muscles. In reality, it’s easy to forget how long we’ve been in one position. Therefore, it’s important to be mindful to shift our stance from time to time to avoid any further back grievances.
Not only does keeping your products with you nearby make cleaning quicker for you, but it also makes things much easier to reduce the need to bend which risks straining your back.
At Mobility Plus we understand your health concerns that may affect your day to day living. We hope we’ve given you a few reminders, that you can keep in mind when you set out to clean – without compromising on the cleanliness of your bathroom.