Don’t HIT the Gardening!

The most effective back pain treatment is to encourage movement – inactivity can make the pain worse. Gardening can be one of the best forms of gentle exercise!

But

Don’t go mad or try to turn your gardening into an explosive aerobic workout!! You may think I’m being silly, but how many of us do go mad and overdo it?

On a warm, sunny morning, you bound out of the house, eager to get busy digging, planting and weeding. All day you keep at it, standing, kneeling, and crouching. The next morning, every muscle aches!

It’s usually after rest, that inflammation occurs in the joints causing them to ‘stiffen’ resulting in discomfort and back pain.

Keep these in mind when you’re next in the Garden

Set attainable goals: Be realistic about what you can do.

Pace yourself: Little and often is best – Don’t try to do it all at once.

Take breaks: Regularly and drink lots of water.

Switch Jobs: Vary your tasks to reduce stress and boredom.

Beware of bending and reaching: Bend at knees and never twist and lift.

Ask for help: You’ll get more done and enjoy it more.

Use Long Handled Tools: To prevent overreaching and stooping.

Why not pop in for an adjustment or assessment before you give your back a garden workout-Prevention is better than cure.

Take it easy, don’t overdo it so you don’t end up hobbling into the clinic in pain!

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