By Mary Pletsch 07 May 2019 no comment 222 Views

Gardening can be enjoyable, but it is important to stretch your muscles before reaching for your gardening tools. Using your green thumb affects a number of major muscle groups.  These groups include the back, upper legs, shoulders, and wrists.  Therefore, you need to take proper precautions to avoid injury.

Be aware of your body technique, body form and correct posture while gardening.

As a great reminder, follow this H.E.A.L.T.H.Y. B.A.C.K.S. Acronym to help you get through this upcoming season.

H.E.A.L.T.H.Y. B.A.C.K.S. to plant and rake without the ache

 

Have the right tools for the task at hand

Ensure you drink plenty of fluids

Alternate between light and heavy jobs

Lift correctly

Take frequent breaks

Heavy loads should be divided up when possible and lifted using safe techniques

Your feet protected with thick-soled supportive shoes

 

Before you start, warm up your muscles

Avoid muscle strain–learn the right techniques

Change positions frequently

Kneel to plant and weed

Spinal check-ups can help keep your back healthy

 

In conclusion, if you feel pain or discomfort during gardening, stop the activity and make an appointment to see your chiropractor as soon as possible.  Also, if you feel significant discomfort that evening or the day after, see your chiropractor for acute care.  Finally, regular maintenance care can help to prevent injury.  If you don’t already have your next maintenance appointment booked, give Sheppard Chiropractic Centre a call at 635-8182 or 847-7172.

Happy Gardening!

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