Renovating your house can be tough on your body. Something seemingly as simple as painting can be a full body workout. It is easy to strain your body when painting since the majority of us aren’t used to the repetitive nature of the activity. The two areas that are most commonly strained when painting are the shoulders and the back.
Painting is a repetitive process and the movement can easily overwork and strain your shoulder muscles. Muscles that are commonly strained are the trapezius, levator scapulae, supraspinatus, and deltoid. Anterior impingement syndrome is commonly seen in painters from the repetitive overhead movements that are required. This condition is caused by the pinching of the supraspinatus tendon which causes inflammation and pain in the shoulder.
When it comes to painting down low, whether it's the bottom of a wall or door or even baseboards, you’re forced to bend over to reach these areas. Being bent over for long periods of time to paint these areas can put a lot of strain on your lower back. Common muscles that are strained would be the erector spinae, quadratus lumborum, and iliopsoas muscles.
It is important to take frequent breaks to stretch and give your muscles a chance to relax. Check out our social media pages for the videos on simple stretches you can do to help you recover from painting aches and pains! Here at Rush-Henrietta Family Chiropractic, your favorite Rochester chiropractor located in Rochester, NY, we have the ability to identify the problem and give you the tools to help recover as well as prevent them from returning. Make sure to follow our Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube pages! We post every day with great information on different chiropractic, nutrition, and health topics!