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ByLouise Hampton

How to look after your back in the garden

Starting work in the garden? – here’s some tips to help your back

Winter hibernation is coming to an end and many will be starting to think about Spring gardening jobs. It’s great to get outdoors and blow the cobwebs away but take care of your back with our great advice.

Clothes

– Don’t wear clothes that are tight or could constrict your movement.
Warm Up
– Gardening is like any other exercise; you need to warm up first. Don’t go straight into the heavy work; start off with lighter jobs as this will lessen the chance of muscle strain.
Take a break
– Vary your activity by spending no more than 20-30 minutes on any one thing and make sure you take regular breaks.
Clever spring pruning
– Get as close as possible to the things you are pruning and avoid overstretching to reach the area you are dealing with.
– Invest in some long handled secateurs to reach plants and bushes that are beyond normal reach.

Plan ahead

– If you are planning a trip to the local garden centre store to buy heavy items such as compost, buy smaller bags rather than one big bag as they are easier and safer to carry. Better still, have it delivered direct to your home.
– Don’t lift with your arms straight out, keep the elbows bent and to your side to minimise the stress on your back.
– If having items delivered, have them unloaded as close to where you need them as possible; this will save the effort of moving them again.
– A specialist garden trolley might be worth investing in to move these sorts of materials around, especially if you have lots of patio pots to move around as well.
If you do start to suffer from back pain – book a free 15 minute chat with one of our practitioners and they can let you know if it is just an ache which will go after a day or two or whether any treatment maybe needed to help it.  Don’t suffer in pain call 01763 87 80 87.

 

ByLouise Hampton

Gardening Tips

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As the weather gets warmer and the garden starts calling we thought you may appreciate a few little tips to keep you fit and healthy whilst you work outdoors.

Follow these helpful hints and you will stay pain free and be able to sit back in comfort and enjoy gazing at your efforts.

Warm Up

– Gardening is like any other exercise; you need to warm up first. Don’t go straight into the heavy work; start off with lighter jobs as this will lessen the chance of muscle strain.

Take a break

– Vary your activity by spending no more than 20-30 minutes on any one thing and make sure you take regular breaks.

Don’t reach

If you reach to prune or get a weed this places massive pressure on your spine and muscles and is likely to lead to muscle strains.  Make sure you are as close to the plants as you can be.

Plan ahead

– If you are planning a trip to the local garden centre store to buy heavy items such as compost, buy smaller bags rather than one big bag as they are easier and safer to carry. Better still, have it delivered direct to your home.

– Don’t lift with your arms straight out, keep the elbows bent and to your side to minimise the stress on your back.

– If having items delivered, have them unloaded as close to where you need them as possible; this will save the effort of moving them again.

– A specialist garden trolley might be worth investing in to move these sorts of materials around, especially if you have lots of patio pots to move around as well.

 

If you feel any pain always stop and seek advice.  At Attend2health we offer a free 15 minute chat so if you have any concerns pop in and see if we can help.  Call 01763 878087 to book your chat today!