6 Tips To Prevent Injury When Gardening
Apr 22, 2015
6 Tips for Preventing Back Pain when Gardening
Gardening is surprisingly hard on the body, particularly your lower back. It's an enjoyable activity for many, but it's important to treat it like a workout and stretch your muscles
beforehand. Consider some of these helpful tips to help you prevent back pain and other injuries when gardening.
- Practice good posture. Always bend at the knees and keep your back straight when you pick something up. Never twist your body.
- Switch up your activities. Do a little pruning, then digging, then maybe some weeding. The key is to vary your tasks frequently so that you're not performing any repetitive motions for a long period of time.
- When you have to get down on the ground for work, consider a kneeling pad or better yet, a kneeler with arms to help you get back up.
- Keep a container full of your tools close by when you're on your knees. You'll have everything within arm's reach so there's less getting up and down.
- Choose tools with long handles so you don't have to bend as much.
- Hire help. For heavier jobs, you can find a student looking for extra side-‐work to help out.
If despite your best efforts, you end up with some pain after gardening, try applying ice and a sports cream. If the pain persists overnight, you should call our office right away to schedule an appointment.