The serious gardener is the one who spends their days in the summer heat creating a personal oasis that nourishes the mind and soul. The smart gardener is the one who also looks out for the health of their back in the process! The motions involved in gardening can be hard on the spine, and as such, we seek to remind everyone that observing a few tips can prevent injury, allowing you to enjoy your garden without any soreness or stiffness.
- Keep your task in front of you: avoid working on multiple tasks and twisting your body between them. This will help you to keep your tools in front of you, so you don’t have to keep reaching behind yourself to retrieve that spade!
- Rest: take breaks, hydrate and admire your work! Preferably, do this from a shady spot.
- Stretch regularly: before, during and after stretches will keep your body limber and prevent the kind of small injuries that accrue from the twisting, bending and dipping inherent in gardening.
- Use the power of your legs to lift! Everyone is told, “don’t lift with your back,” but this sage advice is very easily forgotten and very often ignored. Lifting with the legs will save you a lot of pain down the road.
At Family Chiropractic & Natural Healing Center, we want you to enjoy the fruits and beauty of your labor without the slightest pain. To this end, we want to keep you well-adjusted, the chiropractic way! By having your body evaluated, we ensure that there is no structural abnormality that could leave you vulnerable to injury or subluxation that is creating nerve interference. Give our office in Milpitas a call at (408) 263-8025.
Dr. Gregory Lind, D.C.