Caught the Baking Bug? Tips to keep you back safe in the kitchen from our Fareham Chiropractor

I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not but the Great British Bake Off is back. Yes that’s right, time to get excited. Every week millions of us tune in to watch the fortunes for 12 amateur bakers. We get to see the drama, the mistakes, the triumphs and food, oh the food.

Baking can take its toll on your back

Baking is great fun for you and the whole family can get involved but it can take its toll.

At our busy Fareham Chiropractor clinic we just want you to be careful when baking and keep your back safe. It may sound strange, warning you about the dangers of baking on your back but unfortunately there are many pitfalls to watch out for.

A Fareham Chiropractor advises you how to look after your back

Don’t worry, you can still enjoy plenty of baking and keep your back safe  if you follow the tips below.

The ingredients – Before any actual baking begins you have the first challenge, the ingredients. You need a lot of heavy ingredients and possibly equipment for baking, all that sugar, flour and food mixers can add up.

When shopping for ingredients it’s important that you don’t pack all the heavy weights in one bag. Remember to spread the weight across a few bags.

To avoid heavy shops,  after you have stocked up initially, top up frequently instead of in one big shop.

The baking – Now we have the ingredients the fun can begin and we can get our hands in and start baking.

One of the most common causes of bad backs amongst bakers and chefs is the height of the counter top. If you’re leaning over a counter that is too high or too low then you can cause yourself plenty of problems. If it’s too low you should prepare food on a chunky chopping board to boost the height of your working surface  and if too high you should spread your legs further apart to lower yourself without stooping over.

You can also put a lot of strain on your back when lifting heavy pots and pans, twisting your back when carrying heavy items and bending over a lot. Even in the kitchen you need to remember to follow some simple guidelines when lifting or putting objects down to keep your back safe.

Lift with your legs, carry heavy objects in the direction you’re facing and take regular rests.

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

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