Spring time is the time for digging gardens, planting flowers and preparing your yard to look beautiful! Here are our spring gardening tips to keep in mind so that you can keep your body working through the task without injury:
- STRETCH! Think of gardening as an intense exercise, you will be using muscles that you forgot you even had. Make sure you take some time to warm up and stretch your body to prevent injury.
- LIMITS! Know your limits, there are just some things that are better left to someone else. Think twice about lifting heavy bags of dirt or mulch. If a heavy object needs to be moved, consider hiring some help from professionals.
- PROTECTION! Protect your back, think of your body as a flower. The spine is the stem that keeps your body standing straight. Bend at the knees when you are lifting, let your arms and legs carry the load.
- TOOLS! Utilize the proper instruments for the job, long-handled tools can be useful for providing leverage. Switch hands when using tools to even out the stress they put on your joints and muscles.
- BREAK! Take a break often, don’t overdo it. Your physical structure is probably not used to sitting in kneeling positions for extended periods of time. Get up and walk around, stretch and get out of the sun for a few minutes every hour.
- WATER! It is particularly important if you are exerting energy out in the hot sun that you hydrate constantly. Your body needs water for the muscles and tissues to all work properly.
As always a trip to the Chiropractor after a long day of gardening is just what the doctor ordered. Some soft tissue work on sore muscles and a nice adjustment will get you back in line and ready for the inevitable weeding that will need to be done!