Housework IS agony! Top osteopath reveals painful vacuuming, washing up, and ironing injuries like sciatica and frozen shoulders – and the simple rules to prevent them
- Anisha Joshi, who runs the OsteoAnisha Clinic in central London, released a film role in which she highlighted the possible dangers to the body from household chores
- Said she saw many patients in pain from not doing everyday tasks properly – which could trigger back pain and frozen shoulders
- Recommended for squatting to avoid injury when cleaning the bathtub and lifting an ironing board as high as possible to avoid bending over
A top osteopath revealed – via an Instagram reel – how simple household chores like ironing and washing up can devastate your back.
Anisha Joshi, who runs the OsteoAnisha Clinic in central London, posted a clip of herself doing simple household chores and pointed out the possible spinal pitfalls they can cause.
The osteopath, who appeared on This Morning earlier this week for advice on managing chronic pain, told her 16,000 Instagram followers that the common mistake of reaching over can lead to conditions like sciatica, frozen shoulders and lower back pain.
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Clean house, back pain! Anisha Joshi, who runs the OsteoAnisha Clinic in central London, released a film role in which she highlighted the possible dangers to the body from household chores
The osteopath said she saw many patients in pain from not doing everyday tasks properly – which could cause back pain and frozen shoulders
After posting the real thing to her followers on Instagram, Joshi wrote: “You would never think that vacuuming, bathing or ironing can lead to a day off and sleepless nights!”
Joshi explains to FEMAIL why she created the video: “When people are cleaning their house, they can sometimes strain their muscles by doing things in the wrong position.”
“Injuries such overstretching can cause include shoulder pain, neck tension, lower back strain – and even sciatica.”
After posting the clip, she wrote, “In the last 13 years that I’ve been a trained osteopath, I’ve seen sooo many of you come in after cleaning your house and“ pulling ”or“ straining ”something .
“You never would have thought that vacuuming, cleaning the bathroom or ironing could lead to a day off and sleepless nights!”
In the clip, Joshi shows how housework should be done to avoid unnecessary stress – with squats as an ally when cleaning the bathtub and bringing dishes closer to the body when drying off at the sink to avoid reaching over.
Tips: Joshi says that moving the vacuum cleaner by keeping it closer to your body will help prevent injury when cleaning dust from carpets.
Let the dishes come to you! The osteopath says not leaning over the sink, but rather bringing the dishes to you, is the way to avoid the stress of washing dishes
All about the knees: Do not overstretch when cleaning the bathtub to prevent back injuries
She explains how vacuuming is about moving with the machine when cleaning carpets. Move around with the vacuum cleaner and keep it close to you. ‘
When it comes to ironing, the advice was high.
Joshi suggests: “The ironing board always has to be higher than you think. Stand up straight and do not bend over. ‘
The awkward position of most bathtubs means scrubbing the bathtub can be fraught with possible injury.
Joshi advises: “Try to bend your knees and get closer to the bathroom. If you clean the other side, you still keep your knees light. ”
And if you’re not fortunate enough to have a dishwasher, then bending over the sink is inadvisable, the osteopath suggests.