It’s that time of year again, where we start to think that we should really get to work in the garden! The problem is that after a winter of not doing much, our gardening enthusiasm can be our worst enemy and back pain can throw a real spanner in the works.
However that doesn’t mean you have to cross gardening off your list of enjoyable hobbies – with a few simple adaptations and a smidgeon of creativity, you can still enjoy gardening, whilst minimizing injury!
Always warm up first!
warming up your muscles before gardening is a really good idea. Why not take a brisk five minute walk and some simple stretching exercises. These exercises should be geared to your general health and fitness levels, if you are unsure of what exercises are best for you, your Chiropractor will be able to provided the right exercises for you.
Take lots of breaks!
It is very easy to lose track of time when you love being in your garden, so make sure you take a break every twenty minutes or so, especially if you have been in one position for a while. Try doing some stretches during these breaks and avoid doing the same kind of job, switch to something else for a while.
It is easy to damage your back by lifting heavy pots and full watering cans incorrectly.
The best way to lift properly is to begin by squatting and not bending through your waist. Keeping the load close to your body and using both hands, slowly straighten your legs as you lift. Depending on your level of backpain, overall health and fitness, you may need to concede that some heavy lifting jobs are best left to others!
Is is a lot less bover with a hover?
If you own a lawnmower that glides over the grass whilst cutting it, avoid swinging it from side to side. As with all lawnmowers stand straight and try not to huch over it, whilst walking foreward with head raised.
Be a careful digger!
Get as close as you can and try to avoid any twisting movements. Try not to dig too much at a time. Most importantly take your time-gardening is supposed to be fun!
From the team at Heale's Chiropractic Clinics
Over 30 years of helping people in Hitchin and Luton and the surrounding areas of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire