When the weather starts to warm up after months of cold and snow, many people like to get outside and start doing activities such as gardening, planting, and mowing the lawn. We often find gardening to be relaxing and healing, but all of the lifting, bending, and twisting can cause aches and pains into the neck and back, especially if you are doing them improperly.
As you start putting on your gloves and digging out your lawn equipment, it’s important to keep in mind that injuries can occur. Injuries can also occur from weeding, lifting too much, and mowing the lawn with a push mower.
Weeding the garden can seem like a never ending job and can easily cause your back muscles to fatigue quickly. One way to prevent the muscles from tiring so quickly can include sitting on a bucket or the ground with a wide base of support. It is also important to remember to support your back when reaching for weeds. Try to keep your spine long and avoid hunching forward in the same position for too long. Remember to take frequent breaks and alternate which arm you are using to balance the muscles being used.
Lifting heavy bags of soil, tools or other materials for gardening can also cause strains on your back. Use wagons and carts with wheels to carry the weight. This will ease the stress on your back from carrying heavy items and lifting them improperly.
When you are lifting, make sure you bend at the hips and knees instead of the waist. The hips and knees are better equipped to carry a heavy load instead of the back. This will help prevent low back injuries from occurring.
Before you do any gardening or yard work, make sure you stretch and prepare your body for these activities. Always be aware of your posture and body form when you are gardening and know your limitations.
If you follow these tips and still have some aches and pains, seeing a chiropractor can help with these symptoms. Chiropractic care will help heal injuries and will get you back into the garden and the yard again. Doctors of chiropractic can help evaluate the imbalances in your spine and muscles that occur from gardening and can help lead you to a healthier life.
Chiropractic treatment can range from ice or heat, ultrasound therapy, electrical muscle stimulation, and adjustments of the spine or extremities. We may include a specific exercise program to help prevent injury, work on stretching and strengthening the muscles and/or focus on correcting and maintain proper posture.
Give us a call to schedule your chiropractic appointment if you have any spring time pain. 320-253-5650