Should you unfortunately suffer with back pain, that does not go off quickly, after gardening you should make an appointment to see a chiropractor. Here at Muswell Hill Chiropractic Clinic our chiropractor Dylan Paydar can help resolve back issues and we have done so for many years.
For many gardeners the nice weather means we get to spend longer in our prized gardens – but what about those who suffer with various back pain issues?
Essentially we want to avoid repetitive strain injuries of the wrist and elbow, degenerative joint and disc problems as well as wear and tear on the joints and muscles. Gardeners are also prone to sprain and/or strain injuries to various muscles and ligaments, particularly in the lower back.
Firstly, it is essential that you warm up thoroughly before even heading out into the garden. Don’t be embarrassed to do this as a lot of people never even think about it!
People prepare themselves and warm up before doing things like running – so why not gardening? It’s still exercise.
You don’t have to do anything extreme. Simply start by stretching your muscles by reaching up to the ceiling and then trying to touch your toes. You also need to place your hands on your hips and bend slightly to the sides, and then forward and back.
When you are working in your garden you should avoid repetition. It is important that you do not stay in the same position for too long, also do not over- stretch to reach things you want to prune because you are putting your back under strain when doing so.
You should also take regular breaks and drink plenty of liquid. We think drinking water often is a great solution!
There are also some fairly obvious things to avoid. Do not lift heavy objects and when you do pick things up bend your knees and not your back. Use a wheelbarrow where possible or if it means taking several trips to get something done then do so.
You may also find that you need to re-design parts of your garden to continue your enjoyment as your mobility lessens. This may include using raised flowerbeds, keeping flowerbeds narrow so you don’t have to lean over plants and you may have to start using tools with long handles.
We have also found that you may have to invest in a utility belt so that you have things like secateurs next to you which means you do not have to bend down each time you need them.
At Muswell Hill Chiropractic Clinic, our chiropractor Dylan Paydar has 18 years of experience in helping people recover from back pain – using techniques which will not only help with your back condition but also prescribing exercises to make future occurrences less likely.
It has to be said that back problems affect people of all ages and can make gardening a painful experience but by following some simple rules you can help prevent future problems.
For more help and information on keeping your back safe whilst gardening, you can contact us on 020 8442 0008 or visit our website at http://chiropractornorthlondon.co.uk/.