Fans of The Great British Bake Off are smiling again as the new series is well underway. Paul, Prue, Sandie and Noel are back along with along with what looks like to be a talented group of bakers. Some of the bakers’ creations so far have been spectacular and Paul has been giving out handshakes at quite a rate this season so far! It’s looking like it’s going to be an exciting competition.
Since the start of The Great British Bake Off baking has boomed across the UK. It would seem we have caught the baking bug with sales of baking equipment and ingredients increasing and even surging as each new series starts!
Of course baking can be lots of fun and very satisfying. It’s also an activity that all the family can get involved in. Our chiropractors at Homewood Chiropractic Clinic in Fareham are always keen to encourage people to take up activities like these, however, we also want to make sure you keep your back safe at all times.
It’s not uncommon to see the bakers in the Bake Off tent with plasters on their hands having suffered a cut or burn, however, our chiropractors want to stress the impact that baking can have on your back and to offer some advice to help keep your back ‘bake safe’.
Following some simple pieces of advice can keep your back safe and make baking the fun activity it should be.
One of the most common causes of back pain for bakers and chefs is the height of their kitchen counter. Bending over when baking for a few hours can take its toll on your back especially if you counter top is too high. If your counter top is too high, stand with your feet as wide as part as is necessary so that the counter top is at the right height for you. You may find that using a chopping board that is at the right thickness to make the chopping surface the right height for you helps.
Baking can involve quite a lot of lifting and carrying. From lifting heavy ingredients and cumbersome equipment to bending over to take thing in and out of the oven. Lifting, carrying and bending are common causes of back pain.
When lifting bend your knees and keep your back straight. Don’t bend from your back. Avoid twisting your body when lifting. When you are carrying an object always face the direction you are going in to avoid twisting your body.
Take regular breaks and it’s advisable to do some simple exercises to stretch out your body and back.
Happy and safe baking fro our team at Homewood.
If you are suffering from back pain or have other concerns please get in touch with us as we offer a lot of help and advice to get you back up and running as soon as possible. You can contact us at Homewood Chiropractic Clinic on 01329 280 283 or email firstname.lastname@example.org