Gardening is a wonderful way to feel good about the world. As the colder weather approaches, many people try get in their gardening chores before the winter frosts come in. Autumn is a great time for planting.
Here are a few pain precaution tips during this gardening season:
- Wear warm clothes that keep you warm but that don’t constrict your movements.
- Start slowly and warm-up to heavier tasks. Gradual steps help muscles ease into the workload. Doing heavy work first increases the odds of straining your muscles.
- Avoid overreaching and overstretching. Get as close as possible to the things you want to prune or work on even if it means getting a little dirtier. The rights tools can hep you reach vegetation, flowers, and bushes that you can’t easily reach.
- Use a utility belt to keep your tools near you. This helps reduce movements to reach for spades and other equipment
- When using a rake, keep your torso in line with the rake. When you’re done raking, bend both knees with a straight back to pick up the leaves or other gardening items.
- Get up once in a while. It’s not good for joints or muscles to stay in one position for long stretches of time. Try to move or stretch every 20 minuets or so.
- Stay hydrated. Even in cooler weather, it helps to drink plenty of liquids.
- Consider buying the right items to make gardening easier. For example, a gardening trolley can help you move heavier items. Get the kids to help move heavy bags.
The information is for educational purposes only. Please make an appointment so we can formally review your medical condition.
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