Let us help you get BACK into the Garden
At last spring has sprung and for the gardeners among us, Easter may be a perfect time to start putting our gardens back in order. Gardening involves prolonged periods hunched over in awkward positions, digging, lifting and bending, and however agile you feel, after our long winter it is easy to strain your back. Back pain from gardening is one of the most common complaints our chiropractors treat in spring so here are a few tips to help prevent this happening for you.
Ease into it slowly!
Having not done this for several months, don’t suddenly spend a whole day in the garden. Warm up before strenuous bending or exertion to loosen the muscles. You could take a walk for 10-15 minutes.
Wear light, warm clothes and make sure your lower back is covered at all times.
Lighten the load
Get smaller bags of compost – put less in the wheelbarrow or wait until someone can help you.
Don’t twist at the waistBacks are injured easily when they are rotated/twisted, especially when they are lifting a weight. Alternate your tasks. Spend 20 minutes or so on each job, varying the work the back has to do and especially avoid bending for long periods. Kneel on one knee – the leg that isn’t kneeling helps support the back.
Take regular breaks
Stop every 20-30 minutes; walk around for 5 minutes – have a drink.
Get it checked
If you already suffer with a back problem, get it checked by a Chiropractor or other health care professional before starting a new year of gardening. Over-using a back that is already a problem can more easily lead to injury.
Be careful and enjoy it!
For most of us gardening is a pleasure. Don’t let an injury ruin it for you – look after your back!
The satisfaction from a good days’ gardening, whatever time of year is insurmountable – let the flowers in your vase be from your garden and not from someone wishing your back pain will be better soon!