Gardening is a great way for you to stay active and have fun in the sun. Unfortunately, many Ontarians sustain gardening injuries that can be easily prevented with a little know-how. In fact, today I had a patient complaining of low back after lifting ten bags of soil from his car to the backyard!
If you do not exercise regularly, you have a higher chance of injuring your low back. Most of the time, the back pain is caused due to a strained low back muscle. To tend your garden and protect yourself from injury, follow these tips to loosen up and lighten the load on your back.
Loosen up before you start to garden and protect yourself from injury
Before you begin any physical activity, warming up is your first step to prevent an injury. Take a walk, even on the spot. Ten to 15 minutes should do it. Don’t forget to lift your knees and gently swing your arms.
To plant and rake without the ache, do each of these stretches for your upper and lower body five times. Don’t bounce, jerk or strain. Stretches should be gentle and should not cause pain.
For Your Sides
For Your Arms and Shoulders
For Your Back
For Your Thighs
For Your Hamstrings
If you suffer an injury, visit a chiropractor so you can get back to doing the things you love to do like gardening.
To book a free chiropractic consultation click here or call 905-593-1605. In Ontario, you can visit a chiropractor without a referral from a doctor, nurse practitioner or other health care professional.
We wish you the best of health!