In this video, I demonstrate how to safely remove laundry from your washer and dryer if you have osteoporosis, compression fractures or weak joints.
Safely Remove Laundry from Your Washer and Dryer
Safely Remove Laundry — Transcript
Hi. I’m Margaret from MelioGuide.
Today’s blog is dedicated to taking clothes out of your washer or your dryer, in a way that is safe for your spine. So, this was asked to me by a client recently, and I thought it would be a worthwhile blog to share with listeners.
She has the challenge that a lot of my clients have, that she is concerned about the health of her spine, but she also has arthritic changes in her knees. And so, loading up, especially a wet load, and then going into a squat and trying to lift it is really hard if you have arthritis in your knees.
1. Use a Low Stool or a Reacher
And so, if this even what I’m showing you too difficult, then I’m going to suggest one other thing, and that would be a low stool and a reacher, or sitting on a low stool and reaching in, but, I would prefer the reacher.
2. Use a Pad or Folded Carpet to Protect Your Knees
Now, this might be a really good option for you here that I’m demonstrating. So, always having a pad that’s placed…I have a folded carpet placed that encourages you to kneel. So, that should always be in place for you.
3. Lift the Basket with Good Form
And then once you unload — whether you’re doing it on one knee or both, as I just demonstrated — once you have unloaded you can take that basket, keep it in close, hinge from your hips so you’re sticking your butt out, and place that basket onto the thigh.
Once you place it on your thigh, you hug it in close. All of your loads are going to be much less demanding on your spine if you keep them in close to your body.
4. Use Your Hand to Support You as You Stand Up
Now, your next hand is set here so that you can help yourself up, taking the load off your knee, and pressing up. That’s going to help you with your load.
5. Turn Your Feet in the Direction of Your Body
And always, with all loads, turn your feet in the direction that you are turning your body.
And, so, I hope that helps you with your laundry, keeping you safe. I’m Margaret from MelioGuide.
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