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April 22, 2015

Spring Gardening Tips from your Vancouver Chiropractor

  • Give your muscles a chance to warm up before working in the yard or garden. Take a short ten to fifteen-minute brisk walk around the block.  This will get your blood flowing to the big muscles of your body.
  • Stretch! Once your body is warm from your brisk walk, perform some stretches to get your muscles prepared for activity.
  • Avoid prolonged bending, pushing and pulling while raking and hoeing, which can strain shoulders or the lower back.Use long-handled tools, or the resulting forward and sideways bending can aggravate the neck or lower back.
  • To avoid strain and muscle spasm on one side of the body, switch hands frequently while raking or hoeing.
  • When using a hedge trimmer, keep your back straight and use short strokes to avoid upper arm and neck strain. Pause after three to five minutes.
  • Carry medium-to-small sized loads of debris close to your body, or use a wheelbarrow to avoid strain on your back. Save heavier work for mid-way through your chores. This helps avoid sudden strenuous exertion on unused muscles and joints.
  • Keep overhead work to five-minute episodes. Avoid extreme reaching with one arm.
  • Kneel to perform tasks, rather than bend.
  • Finally, if a task seems like too much work, it probably is. Hire a professional for tasks like landscaping, tree-topping or trimming large hedges.

Reference: BC Chiropractic Association

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