It is that time of year when we are planting flowers and doing more gardening. In this week’s blog we are going to give you three tips on how to protect your back while you are out working in the yard and doing your gardening.
Lower and mid back pain can be really common after gardening, so that is why we want to make sure that we are doing things right and bending correctly to protect our backs. By keeping your back flat when you are bending, we can make sure that the spine is not undergoing extra pressure. That is my first tip.
The second tip is anytime that you are planting something, if you can pick up whatever you are bending for and place it onto a higher surface area, that will make it easier for you to reach it and limit the repetitive bending and limit the amount of stress put on your back.
The third tip is to make sure you're taking frequent breaks. We advise people to set a timer on your watch or your cell phone so that every half an hour, that timer goes off and that tells you it is time to take a break. Go inside, stretch out, and get a drink of water before you come back and start gardening again.
Our bonus tip is that chiropractic wellness care, which is getting your spine adjusted on a regular basis, can help to keep your back flexible and mobile so that those situations like gardening that might normally flare up your back won't. If you want to find out more, please visit our website at www.kauffmanchiropractic.com.