Gardening can be a pain
Gardening can be a relaxing and therapeutic way to spend your time, but it can also be physically demanding and taxing on your body. From digging and planting to pruning and weeding, gardening requires a lot of bending, lifting, and repetitive motions that can result in pain and discomfort, especially if not done correctly. This blog post will share some practical tips on gardening and yard work without injuring yourself.
1. Stretching before and after gardening is crucial to avoid injury. Consider stretching your arms, legs, back, and neck before you start working and after you finish. To stretch your back, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, and interlock your fingers behind your head with your elbows pointing out. Gently arch your back and look up. Hold the position for 10-15 seconds and release. Repeat a few times.
2. If you need to kneel to work in your garden, invest in a kneeling pad or use a folded towel to cushion your knees. Kneeling causes undue stress on your knee joints, leading to aches and pains. Padding your knees can minimize the impact and protect your knees from injury.
3. Lift with your legs, not your back. This is one of the most common mistakes people make while gardening. Instead of bending over to lift a heavy object, squat down, and use your legs to lift it. Keep your back straight, and hold the object close to your body. Avoid twisting your back while carrying heavy things, which can cause strained muscles and back pain.
4. Take frequent breaks while gardening to rest and refresh yourself. Being outside in the fresh air and sunshine can be invigorating, but listening to your body and taking a break is essential. Take a moment to sit down, drink some water, and stretch.
5. If you experience persistent pain or discomfort while gardening, it's time to see a chiropractor. A chiropractor can help you identify the root cause of your pain and provide you with a plan to address it. They can also help you learn proper lifting techniques and stretching exercises to make gardening safer and more accessible.
Gardening can be a hobby that provides a sense of satisfaction and relaxation, but it can also lead to injuries if not done correctly. By stretching before and after gardening, using padding for your knees, lifting with your legs, taking frequent breaks, and consulting a chiropractor when needed, you can keep your body safe and injury-free while tending to your garden. Remember, extra care and attention can go a long way in keeping you healthy and pain-free.
Dr. Shelley Anderson