Planting the seeds for optimal back health

Gardening is a beautiful way to get exercise, create physical beauty, and connect with nature’s life cycle. The unwanted harvest of this activity may be back pain. Here are a few tips to prevent injury:

  • Warm up before you begin by taking a quick walk or marching in place. Follow this with a few gentle stretches.
  • Practice mindfulness. If you experience a back or neck pain, take a break from the position you are in, stretch, and reassess how you are feeling.
  • Avoid kneeling on both knees. Keep one foot on the ground use knee pads.
  • Alternate positions often to prevent stiffness.
  • Bend your knees and keep your back straight while engaging your abdominal muscles when you lift soil or pull weeds.
  • End your gardening session with a short walk or some light stretching. Take a warm bath or shower to help prevent next-day soreness.
  • If you experience pain, contact your physical therapist.
  • Enjoy your efforts while cooling down with light stretching. Smell the roses!

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