Keep these tips 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. 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.
Keep warm: Wear light, warm clothes and make sure your lower back is covered at all times.
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 the 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.
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. Overusing a back that is already a problem can more easily lead to injury.
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 and don’t overdo it so you don’t end up hobbling into the clinic in pain!