Avoid Back Pain & Wrist Injuries By Doing These Chores Correctly!

HEALTH  |  November 01, 2016
  • 1. Carrying bags of groceries
    1 / 4 1. Carrying bags of groceries

    Good (left): Distribute the load betweenmore joints, using the larger joints in your shoulders and elbows.

    Bad (right): Using your hands to carry heavy grocery bags. This puts a lot of pressure on the small joints in the wrists.

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  • 2. Wringing a towel
    2 / 4 2. Wringing a towel

    Good (left): Tie the wet towel to the water tap and twist to wring it dry.

    Bad (right): Wringing the towel with your hands puts stress on your wrists.

    (Also read: Fix Your Poor Posture in The Office)

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  • 3. Pouring water from a kettle
    3 / 4 3. Pouring water from a kettle

    Good (left): Use a ledge as a lever to tilt the kettle.

    Bad (right): Using your hands to grip and lift a kettle. This increases the risk of injury to the wrists.

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  • 4. Hanging clothes
    4 / 4 4. Hanging clothes

    Good (left): To dry clothes indoors, use a height-adjustable pole to hang them.

    Bad (right): Bending forward to put out a heavy pole of clothes to dry. This puts the back and upper limbs under a lot of stress, especially with heavy loads.

    A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 25, 2016, with the headline ‘Reduce your risk of repetitive stress injury’. 

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