avoiding back pain while gardening

Avoiding Back Pain While Gardening

Seasonal Injuries, Back Pain and Aches and Pains

Tips for avoiding back pain while gardening are often sought out this time of year. As a chiropractor I start to see a flood of aches, pains and injuries presenting in my chiropractic clinic at Poole Road Medical Centre as the winter months turn to Spring.

Clients get in touch to seek chiropractic care, advice and treatment for these seasonal complaints. The sun comes out, the soil warms up and we all advance keenly into the garden full of zest and vigour and maybe a little too much enthusiasm. Our winter bodies need time to adjust and we need to take things gently initially to to ensure we are avoiding back pain while gardening.

It is tempting as the Spring months approach to attack the ‘to do’ list with the very best intentions and consequently over do things during the first seasonal horticultural projects. There are some basic guidelines and habits that would be a good idea to embrace to prolong those gardening sessions and be ready for more at the end of the day.

How to Stay Agile and Mobile in the Garden

A gentle warm up before starting to garden will gently stretch your muscles and galvanise them into action and will help in avoiding back pain while gardening. If it’s a particularly cold morning then wait until later in the day when it’s warmer and the sun on your back is an added bonus.

Avoid repetitive garden work, doing one job for a prolonged period can lead to injuries, aches and pains. Alter your position regularly as you dig, take regular breaks and drink plenty of liquid to help those muscles adjust.

We all know to avoid lifting heavy objects. If you must lift something, remember to bend your knees and keep your back straight and warm up first. Better still, use a wheelbarrow or trolley to move heavy and awkward objects whenever you can.

Garden Design Ideas to assist in Avoiding Back Pain while Gardening

Designing your garden with your body in mind is a top tip from the start. Think about raised beds and not making those flower beds too deep to avoid stretching and bending unnecessarily.

Choose tools of good quality and make sure they have long handles to avoid back strain. Good, well designed tools will be one of the best investments that you make over the years. Not only will they stand the test of time but they will be kind to you by encouraging your to work in the garden ergonomically.

Good techniques for digging and lifting are the two main culprits and adjusting and observing that your habits are good ones will be one of the greatest factors for avoiding back pain while gardening.

Chiropractic Care for Gardeners

Chiropractors endorse preventative care and the British Chiropractic Association offers regular sound advice on avoiding back pain while gardening. Look after your muscular skeletal system with  regular visits to your chiropractor. Your body will then have the best opportunity to be in peak condition to tackle the garden and thereby you will be avoiding back pain while gardening by staying mobile and strong. Having good habits and a strong body will help and if injury does strike then your first port of call will be Bournemouth Chiropractic. Chiropractic care will, in most cases, get you back outside in the quickest possible time. Gardening is good for your physical and mental health, encouraging people to get outside and move around and I am here to help keep you in your strongest and most productive state of heath.

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