We here at Home and Living are not strangers to yard work. Fall is here and that means it will be time to break out the rakes and leaf blowers for yard cleanup that can often present some unique safety challenges for homeowners. Following are some important cautions and tips, and then following that a therapy program for pain control using a product called Topricin.
According to The Consumer Product Safety Commission, 617,000 people were injured in 2008 raking leaves, cleaning gutters and doing other yard work.
Common tasks such as raking can cause muscle strain, back pain, repetitive strain injuries, tendonitis and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome if not done properly. But thanks to natural products such as Topical BioMedics Pain Relief and Healing Cream, symptoms of aches and pains don’t have to interfere with autumn cleanup.
Lou Paradise, president and chief of research at Topical BioMedics offers the following safety tips to add to your fall cleanup checklist.
- Warm up for at least 10 minutes before doing any heavy yard work.
- Cover any exposed area of your skin with a natural sunscreen to prevent sunburn.
- Use a rake that is comfortable for your height and strength.
- Wear gloves or use a rake with padded handles to prevent blisters.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants to protect skin from scratches caused by low-hanging tree branches and other plants.
- Wear shoes or boots with slip-resistant soles.
- Keep a roll of trash bags close by while cleaning the yard to easily place fallen leaves and other debris into the bags so you will not trip over something that might be hidden by the leaves.
- Never throw leaves over your shoulder or to the side, which puts undue stress on your back.
- When picking up leaves, bend at the knees – not the waist.
- Vary your movement and alternate your leg and arm position when picking up leaves.
- Make sure to switch which arm is dominating to work the muscles on both sides of your body equally when raking leaves. Switch sides often to prevent overworking certain group of muscles.
- Wear safety glasses to keep eyes protected from flying dirt and debris.
- Be sure to have a family member hold the ladder in place when climbing a ladder and do not stand above the level indicated by the manufacturer.
- Wear gloves and a facemask when handling chemicals such as lawn fertilizers and keep these items away from children and pets.
- Wear earmuffs, a hard hat and a steel mesh face visor when using a chainsaw.
- -Wear durable safety gloves to keep hands safe from the bite of insects or plant-borne disease.
About Topricin (a topical for pain)
When symptoms of pain strike, treat them with Topricin. Fueled by nature not chemicals, Topricin is a blend of eleven natural biomedicines that naturally help the joints detoxify by stimulating the body’s desire to drain toxins and excess fluids from the muscle tissue that restores blood flow back to normal and helps heal the damage that is causing the pain.
Healing Therapies and Topricin Application Instructions:
HOT AND COLD THERAPY with Topricin will shorten the duration of the recovery so pains or injuries heal faster and you feel better sooner.
-ICE is the first course of action, for the first 24 – 48 hours to help with inflammation. Ice therapy has an effect when the ice is REMOVED. Ice stops the blood flow, when removed it releases fluids and toxins, stimulates lymphatic and toxin draining and more blood flow. Basic procedures for ice therapy: 10 minutes on; 5 off; 10 on, 5 off.
-MOIST HEAT and ICE/HEAT:
HEAT: 48 – 72 hours after injury try using heat on the injured area. You’ll know it’s okay to continue if you don’t feel worse afterwards. Heat draws more blood to the area and removes toxins.
-ALTERNATING HOT AND COLD: Cold and heat can be very powerful when used together at this point. Protocol – takes about 45 minutes:
Start with HEAT for 10 minutes; followed by 5 minute break. Then COLD for 10 minutes, followed by 5-minute break, then HEAT again for 10 minutes. Follow with application of Topricin.
-Apply Topricin before beginning yard work and immediately after and reapply several times during the day as needed.
For severe pain and swelling, seek medical attention (but apply Topricin as a first line first aid treatment too).