We rather hope that Spring has finally sprung after what seems to have been a very long Winter. As the weather improves now is the time that many people turn their attention to getting outdoors and into their garden to do some gardening.
While gardening offers a great opportunity to get some exercise, unfortunately, as a chiropractor in North London, I often have patients who visit me after overdoing their gardening work, especially after taking a break over the winter months.
Here is some advice if you are intending to get out into the garden any time soon.
Clothing – Wear loose comfortable clothing that are not too tight and may hamper your movement.
Warm Up first – As I mentioned, gardening offers an opportunity for taking exercise and just like taking any form of exercise it is important to warm up first. Start with some stretches and then move onto lighter jobs before taking on the heavier jobs.
Avoid bending and over stretching – When weeding or planting, use a knee pad to kneel down on and get as close as possible to the area you are working on. If you’re pruning, use long-handled secateurs to reach plants and shrubs.
Take regular breaks – Don’t spend more than 20 -30 minutes on any one task – vary your activity. Make sure you take regular breaks.
Here is a video that the British Chiropractic Association has put together and you will see the right way to keep your back safe.
Whether you have overdone it in the garden or some other way, if you are suffering from back pain then why not call us and arrange an appointment with our chiropractor at Muswell Hill Chiropractic Clinic.