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Working in the garden is a wonderful way to take advantage of spring’s fresh air and sunshine. It has been said: “He who plants a garden plants happiness.” But that happiness will quickly fade if back pain takes hold. Before you roll up your sleeves and start digging, here’s some tips to help protect your back before, during and after gardening.
Muscle strengthening exercises as a part of your daily routine, including squats, plank exercises, and free weight training, will help protect your back for yardwork and tending the garden.
“A garden is a friend you can visit any time,” so there’s no need to get it all done in the course of one day. Make a plan and consider spreading out large projects over several weekends.
Immediately prior to gardening, get your muscles warmed-up, just as if you were readying for a work-out. One easy warm-up is grasping your hands above your head, then pulling upward, which will increase blood flow to the spine, torso, and arms.
Instead of reaching for those over-the-counter pills, consider taking a natural supplement for both joint and muscle pain relief. A good quality supplement will not only assist in healing, but unlike conventional medicines, it won’t damage the kidneys and liver.
Besides obvious muscles strains and injuries, gardening requires repetitive motions that can bring on an array of mechanical issues for the body. A visit with the chiropractor can speed up healing through adjustments, as well as in-office therapies that can continue at home.
Massage therapy sessions help repair and relax tense muscles incurred from a day’s yard work. It also reduces back pain, migraine headaches, neck aches, shoulder pain, and joint pain, increasing circulation and mobility, which supports the body’s natural recovery.
Gardening is a great way to connect with nature and relieve stress. If you take the time to protect your back, you’ll be pain-free with more time to enjoy the fruit of your labor.
Contributed by: T.E. Bonstrom