Elderly Care: Helping You Deal With the Dying Process

Elderly Care: Helping You Deal With the Dying Process

3 Back-Saving Tips For Chopping Wood This Spring

Julio Carr

It's no secret that splitting wood is great exercise, and can be a fun way to get some much-needed firewood in a fun and active way. With every spring comes all of the necessary yard work to recover from what can be a tough winter on your yard, especially if you lost a tree to high winds or snow and need to turn it into kindling. To make this necessary part of your spring cleaning safer and easier on your back, here are three tips to keep from injuring your back while chopping firewood this spring. 

A Sharp Axe is a Safe Axe

This tip might sound contradictory to the beginner, but any experienced wood cutter knows that sharp tools are safe tools no matter how you're manipulating the wood. That's because a sharper axe is more likely to cut a log on the first swing, or at least lodge into the wood on the first try. This minimizes the chance for the axe to bounce off of the wood and go out of control, which can twist your wrist or hit your leg, or worse. This motion can also hurt your back, because the added resistance against your swing can put unnecessary strain on your back. If you notice your axe starting to bounce off of the logs frequently, you should definitely head down to the hardware store to get your axe sharpened pronto. 

Chop in One Fell Swoop

Many seasoned wood choppers choose to take multiple hacks at the same piece of wood, or worse, they flip the log around with the axe in it and drop the log on the axe to try to split it. Moves like these put an incredible amount of stress on your lower back and arms, which can force you to call it a day very quickly. If you practice these types of swings regularly, you could end up in the doctor's office after a season or two for back pain if your symptoms worsen without a checkup. 

Check Your Log Height

Believe it or not, there is an ideal height for your wood to rest at to minimize strain on your back: 14-16 inches to the top of your splitting block. This specific height will allow your swing to go all the way to completion, reducing the amount you'll under- or overextend your back. Plus, this height will keep you from having to bend over too far, since repeated bending and standing is a sure fire way to tire out your back. 

Check out sites like http://swfna.com for more information on back pain and management. 


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Elderly Care: Helping You Deal With the Dying Process

As an elderly care worker, I have witnessed the deaths of many individuals. I have seen family members become angry, sad, and completely silent at the end. I have also seen individuals refuse to see family members out of denial. People deal with death in different ways, and the strong emotions are often unfamiliar and scary. If you have a parent or grandparent who is elderly, then I want to share with you what I know about end of life care and dying process. We are a society that does not talk about death, and this can cause great pain when a family member dies. Learn about the process and find out how to deal with your own emotions and how to love your family members at the end. If there is only a small amount of time left, then I want you to cherish the final moments.