Is Vacuuming Causing You Back Pain?
When vacuuming, use a “fencer’s stance.” That means, put all your weight on one foot, then step forward and back with the other foot as you push the vacuum forward and back. Use your back foot to pivot when you turn. Keep your back in the power position, and engage your core muscles. This emphases the action to your hips and legs. If you need to lower yourself to pick up objects or to reach in a tight spots, hinge at your hips to keep from rounding your low back. You may find it a lot easier to get down onto one knee in these situations. Keep the vacuum directly in front of you at all times. Avoid trying to reach around corners or objects. Don't twist or bend your trunk to get under objects or to reach into tight spots.