Care for your garden (and your spine)

Garden Fitness Stretches are important to keep your spine safe and healthy.

Garden Fitness Stretches

Warm weather has arrived and its time for many of you to begin working in the yard.  Gardening can be a fun and relaxing way to enjoy the outdoors. These activities may also involve bending, twisting, pulling and lifting that your body might not be ready for. Gardening and landscaping can bring on various injuries, usually as a result of trying to do too much too soon. But it doesn’t have to be this way! Here a few chiropractor-approved recommendations for maintaining spine and neck health this spring season:

Gardening Recommendations

  • While pulling weeds or planting flowers, kneel and use a soft pad under your knees to reduce unnecessary bending or twisting.
  • Warm your body up with a few stretches and some lunges or sidesteps before spending hours in your garden or yard doing repetitive movements.
  • Avoid carrying heavy items. If you have a heavy bag of soil or pot to move, bend with your knees and find help to carry these items whenever possible. Consider using a wheelbarrow or carts if you must make multiple trips across the yard.
  • Consider using lighter electric tools, if you already struggle with back and neck pain.
  • Take breaks! Stay hydrated and and give your joints a break to reduce stiffness.
  • Secure and stabilize ladders before climbing, reducing risks or falls and sudden jerking movements.

With the preparation and a spinal safety approach, your time in the garden does not have to present a threat to your health.  Here’s a link to other articles on gardening safety and the benefits of chiropractic to gardeners.  https://www.acatoday.org/Patients/Health-Wellness-Information/Gardening

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