I love my garden, especially when it’s time to pick fresh vegetables from it, but I don’t love the back pain and muscle aches I get from working on it. Here are some tips from the Ontario Chiropractic Association on how to deal with that back pain.
This winter has been especially hard. As a result, Ontarians may have been even more inactive than usual. But as we all know, activity is more important than ever. In fact, excessive sitting has now been implicated with increased risk of diabetes, depression, weight gain, premature death and more.
One way Ontarians can get up and get active this Spring is to start gardening. But remember, improper gardening techniques can cause repetitive strain, and wear and tear on joints and muscles, especially the lower back. To ease the strain, the Ontario Chiropractic Association has the following tips for gardeners to help avoid back injuries this spring:
- Stretch it out – Make sure you stretch your thighs, shoulders, sides, arms, back and hamstrings before you start to get the most out of your gardening
- Alternate tasks – Switch from heavy tasks to light ones, and change your hands and positions frequently.
- Lift with ease – Always bend with your knees and keep a straight back. Carry the load close to your body.
- Get low when planting – Knee pads or a kneeling mat can help to ease the strain on your back while you plant and weed your garden. Keep a straight back and stop when you need to have a break.
- Rake Right – Put one leg in front and another behind when you rake, and alternate on occasion to minimize the back strain.
For more information, visit chiroptactic.on.ca. Follow the Ontario Chiropractic Association on Facebook to enter a separate contest for a chance to win more prizes, including a trip for two to a weekend spa getaway!
One of my lucky readers will win this gardening prize pack, valued at $100.