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We have a few Do It Yourselfers in our family.  Me?  I once blew a lot of circuit breakers trying to wire a light fixture.

If YOU love fixing things yourself, my chiropractor came up with some good advice.

DIY” if you’re relatively out-of-shape, it’s easy to strain a neck, shoulder, or lower back muscle when you’re trying to apply paint evenly to a corner of the ceiling. Similarly, if you haven’t done any vigorous exercise on a consistent basis in a while, do-it-yourself activities such as changing your car battery or even mowing your lawn can cause a lower back injury or even a twisted ankle or knee.”

One answer to preventing injuries is one I had never thought about – something called “Proprioception.”

“. . . .  supporting your exercise and physical work is a specialized system of nerve endings known as proprioceptors . . . . Stated succinctly, proprioceptors tell your brain about your body’s position in three-dimensional space. For example, if you’re bending over to pick up two one-gallon cans of paint, your brain needs to know that you’re ankles are bent at 20 degrees, your knees are bent at 80 degrees, and your hips are bent at 70 degrees. If this information isn’t transmitted accurately or isn’t  received fairly instantaneously, you may suffer a lower back injury even though the paint cans themselves only weigh 8 pounds each.”

The article offers a basic guideline:  “it’s important to maintain your proprioception system in peak condition. You can easily do this by engaging in regular strength-building activities such as strength training and yoga and regular aerobic activities such as running, walking, swimming, and biking.3 Proprioceptor training is built-in to all forms of vigorous exercise. Safely and successfully completing your home improvement projects is one of the many benefits.”

Read the complete article

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