Does Pushing a Lawn Mower Cause Back Pain?

Man Pushing Lawn Mower in Back Pain

Pushing a lawn mower can provide excellent cardiovascular exercise while it keeps your lawn looking neat. But it can also cause problems for you physically, especially in your lower back. The vibration, act of pushing and leaning forward for traction stresses the muscles in your back, but with the proper technique you can prevent back injury from mowing.

Helping Back Pain

Mowing can lead to back pain, but it doesn’t have to. Stretching your back before you start can help, suggests the Laser Spine Institute. Bend in all four directions — forward, backward, left and right — to stretch when you’re ready to mow, and drink lots of water to keep your back muscles hydrated. Keeping your back straight also helps. Don’t lean your head or shoulders forward as you push the mower, and adjust the handle so you can reach it comfortably while you’re standing upright. Wearing shoes with arch support relieves strain from your legs before the strain can reach your back, and taking breaks allows you to stretch your back during your mowing marathon.

Source: Rob Harris

While studying journalism in the Army and at the University of Missouri, Rob Harris developed a lifelong love of physical fitness and nutrition, contributing often to a dairy industry newsletter. He has also worked with and created blogs for several family businesses including a professional dog kennel and a flower shop, where he used his experience as an avid gardener to grow plants for sale.