4 Tips to Avoid Back Pain When Gardening
Gardening is an activity many people do to relax their mind and body. What many people don’t realize is the strain it puts on their back, until they wake up the next day thinking they need to go to an orthopedic and spine center because their back hurts so bad. Your enjoyable gardening time shouldn’t be hampered by a nagging back injury, and the good news is there are simple ways to prevent it from happening. Here are four tips to take into consideration when you begin your next gardening project.
Bend and Lift Properly
It’s possible to experience back pain even when you aren’t lifting anything at all. Simply bending over to pull weeds or plant flowers for an extended period of time can make your back muscles tense up and be more susceptible to injury. Try kneeling on some sort of cushion to reduce the strain on your back. And if you do have to lift heavy bags of mulch or other heavy items, be sure to bend your knees and lift with your legs instead of your back. You can also do some lower back stretches if you feel like your back is beginning to tense up at any time.
Invest in The Appropriate Tools For Your Project
There are plenty of tools designed to help you do your gardening project much more easily. Invest in a wheelbarrow if you’re transporting dirt or other heavy things across the yard, or you may even want to buy a gardening cart so you won’t have to bend over as much. Using the appropriate tools to help you complete your project may prevent you from having to go through active spine care treatments afterward.
Stretch Before and After Gardening
It may not seem like your back muscles get strained while doing something as simple as gardening, but they actually do. Simple lower back stretches before you begin gardening can go a long way in loosening them up and preventing injury. And when you’re done with your project, do some additional lower back stretches so they won’t stiffen up and will recover more quickly.
Pace is important with any big gardening project. Do a little bit at a time to avoid strenuous pressure on your back and other muscles. And if you’re involved with a time-sensitive project, never hesitate to ask a friend or family member to help you out to reduce some of the strain. People tend to get injured more easily when they are in a rush and don’t focus on proper techniques, so take your time until you slowly complete the project.
DBC Active Spine Care® works with patients of all ages who have back problems. Our spine adaptive functional restoration program is designed to relieve your back pain in the most natural way possible, as well as prevent future injuries from occurring by strengthening and adding endurance to the surrounding muscles. Don’t hesitate to contact us at any time to learn more about our program and how it may be able to help you.