Yard Work Can Be a Killer
Updated: Sep 15
Although spring is the most popular time to think about gardening, if you're an avid gardener you will know that maintaining your lawn and garden in good shape all year takes effort. Gardening is a wonderful way to get out and exercise. Remember to protect your back when you are gardening!
Working in your garden and yard can have many benefits for your mental and physical well-being. You can lower your risk of developing diabetes or other coronary-related illnesses, as well as reduce mental stress.
Yard work can prove difficult for those with back pain. Because of the amount of exertion involved, shoulder and back injuries are quite common. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA), has listed landscaping among the top 10 jobs that can cause back pain. If you're having problems come in and visit us at Mecham Chiropractic.
What is the problem? The neck and shoulders can be hurt from all the lifting, reaching, and bending involved in trimming, raking and pruning. However, this does not mean that you should stop gardening or tending to your yard. Working outside will keep you healthy. Remember to take care of your back while you work. You can prevent the pain with a few simple steps.
Before you do any type of exercise or work, always stretch. Pay attention to how you position yourself as you work.
Take your time. Do not try to do it all in one day. You can start small and work your way up. You will be able to relax and enjoy your time in the yard or garden.
Don't forget breaks. Take regular breaks to stretch, relax and drink water.