At last the snow has gone and spring is finally here.
As a nation we love our gardens therefore we will be rushing to sort out the shrubs and get the weeding done. In order to avoid injuring ourselves and to prevent using that dreaded phrase ‘my back has gone’ we at Headingley Chiropractic Clinic have come up with a few simple tips….
- Gardening is like any other physically strenuous activity and because you are using your muscles you need to minimise the likelihood of straining these muscles.
- Brisk walk/march on the spot for 1-2 minutes.
- Roll your shoulders back and forth 10 times.
- Start with lighter jobs first and then move to heavier jobs. If the job is too heavy (i.e. paving) get some help.
- Avoid heavy jobs if you haven’t warmed up!
- Try to keep objects you want to pick up or put down close to the body. This may include bags of gravel, soil and heavy tools and don’t forget to bend your arms.
- Make sure you bend at the knees and not at the hips keeping your back straight as this will avoid injuries.
- Keep your lower back straight all the time whilst gardening.
- Let your quadriceps (thigh muscles), gluteal muscles (bottom muscles) and core muscles do the work and NOT your back.
- Be careful when using a ladder; make sure it is stable preferably with someone else holding it.
- Take regular breaks: every 20-30 minutes of gardening.
So enjoy a pain free spring by following these safe gardening tips by Headingley Chiropractic Clinic.
To help prevent injuries why not book yourself/ a friend in for a free spinal screen.Call 0113 228 9888.