Gardening for some of us is just a chore but for others it is our primary leisure activity and a source of much enjoyment. Whichever category you fall into it is essential to prepare your joints and muscles prior to descending on your garden.
The main reason people get back pain is because they underestimate the amount of muscle involvement required to perform gardening activities. With many of us, these muscles have not been used through the winter months and therefore are prone to injury and overuse. Digging, prolonged stretching and bending over while planting puts undue stress on the ligaments and joints in the lumbar spine, neck and extremities. When a joint is overused it will become inflamed and tender, triggering a protective muscle spasm leaving you with that horrible dull ache for several days after gardening.
If left untreated or exposed to repeated overuse, dysfunction within the joint may occur over time. This can potentially lead to irritation on spinal nerves resulting in referred pain into the extremities, with one example being Sciatica.
There are many ways to treat musculoskeletal pain. Chiropractic provides a non-surgical and drug-free treatment. It is a 100% natural approach to health care, as it is based on restoring function to our bodies on a skeletal, muscular and nervous system level.
Chiropractic Gardening Tips
1. Kneel on one knee rather then repeatedly bending from the hips
2. Try and vary the tasks into short bursts of different activity
3. If you suffer from knee problems use a cushion to kneel on or a gardening stool to sit on, this should avoid slouching
4. When digging, keep your back hollow and legs well apart. Use your legs rather then your back
5. Keep warm and covered up – this prevents muscles from becoming chilled
6. If you ache the next day, speak with your Chiropractor for further advice and treatment. They will advise you if you should use ice, heat or if further treatment is required
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If you have back pain, neck pain, sciatica, headaches, leg pain, shoulder pain we would love to help you. Give Dr Luke Mulvihill or Dr Danny Scahill a ring or email us. We are based in Crawley West Sussex UK.