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Gardening Tips

Jun 01, 2021 11:43AM ● By Dr. Harley Martinmaas, DC from Balanced Life Chiropractic

By: Dr. Harley Martinmaas, DC from Balanced Life Chiropractic 

Check out how to have a relaxing garden season without the aches and pains from all of the planting and weeding.  

Summer is here! Many of you will be breaking out the rakes and hoses for your gardens. As fun and relaxing as gardening is, it comes with a lot of bending, twisting, and pulling. All that work can sure give you a workout, so it is easy to over do it, then be regretting it the next day. Before you head out to garden make sure you are taking the necessary steps to prevent any injuries.  

Stretch 

Just like any kind of workout, it is important to stretch and warm up before you begin. This will help your muscles work more efficiently and less likely to be injured. It could be as simple as a short walk around the block.   

Use the Right Tools 

It’s a good idea to make sure to use tools that have good grips and cushioning so there is less fatigue. You should also use the right tools for your size this includes your kids. They should have child size tools. This way you and your kids aren’t straining to use them.  

Proper Mechanics 

If you are using the right tools you shouldn’t have to bend too much when you are standing. When you feel like you are bending too much then you should switch to kneeling while weeding or planting. There are special pads you can get to make kneeling easier. When you are digging, just like when shoveling snow in the Winter, keep the shovel in front of you and avoid twisting.  

Take Breaks 

It’s easy to loss track of time or feel like you have to get everything done right away! You need to make sure that you are taking breaks and allowing your self some time to rest. Those annoying dandelions can wait. Along with the rest make sure you are drinking plenty of water especially now that it is getting hotter. 

A little ounce of prevention before you start gardening will help to insure you have a relaxing and fruitful gardening season. Sometimes, however, no matter how much you warm up and stretch, you can still feel sore and stiff. If it is a persistent problem, it may be time to consider going to a chiropractor for help.