Gardening safely PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT! READ BEFORE GARDENING!

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Gardening safely PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT! READ BEFORE GARDENING!
It’s coming to the time of year, where we all head out into our garden to trim, prune and make them look beautiful ready for Spring and Summer. After all, there is nothing better than sitting out in the garden with a cup of tea enjoying the fruits of your hard work and labour!

It’s coming to the time of year, where we all head out into our garden to trim, prune and make them look beautiful ready for Spring and Summer. After all, there is nothing better than sitting out in the garden with a cup of tea enjoying the fruits of your hard work and labour! And it is hard work! Every year without fail after the first sunny Bank holiday I will have a sudden rush of ‘emergency patients’ call and book in. The conversations usually go something like this: “Zoe, I have been fine for so long and my back just went yesterday! I did 5 hours of digging flower beds!”. Now, even if you had a really strong stable back and did your rehab exercises every day, and attended regular adjustment sessions, it’s safe to say your back will probably not thank you for being slumped over for 5 hours all in one go!

So it’s my mission this year to reduce the amount of my lovely clients injuring themselves due to putting unnecessary stress and strain on their bodies. My first recommendation would be to hire a professional! – problem solved no ‘gardening back for you!’. But if you are a bit more frugal (like myself), or really enjoy seeing your garden bloom due to your dedication, then here are some simple tips and tricks to reduce the chance of injury!

 

  1. Don’t do it all at once – take regular breaks to allow your body a chance to recover from the activity, whether it’s digging, raking or pruning. I recommend that you do no more than 15- 20 minutes before allowing your body time to recoup for 10 minutes or so. This will be different for everyone, but listen you your body. Remember if you listen when it whispers, you won’t have to hear it scream!

 

  1. Correct form – whilst standing, with knees slightly bent, gently tip your pelvis forwards and back. Try to get a feel for where the centre of this movement is and pause there. Now imagine that you have a metal pole running through the top of your head, down through your spine and out the bottom of your pelvis. This pole cannot bend or break! So to get the movement you need, you will have to bend your knees, hips and ankles. It will feel strange to start with, but practice makes perfect.

 

  1. Use help – use wagons, lifting aids, kneelers, potting tables, wheelbarrows! If it’s helpful and you have it, use it to save your back. Also consider if you are using the correct tool for the job and if you need specialist tools with long handles or that are mechanically assisted.

 

  1. Try a gentle warm up – prepare you muscles for some work, take a 5 minute walk, and perform some spinal mobility exercises as prescribed by your chiropractor.

 

  1. Get checked afterwards! Attend your regular adjustment session so we can check you are still functioning to your optimum, ready to rock and roll when the next big hedge chop is due!

 

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