What a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back, with a hinge in it.
~Charles Dudley Warner
I am so excited to share the helpful tips below from my very own Chiropractor, Dr. Anna Saylor! Dr. Anna is credited for keeping my back healthy so I can do what I love, and I am forever grateful! Thank you Dr. Anna!
Many spinal related injuries like back pain come not as a result of accidents, but more as a result of awkward posture, over-use or unconditioned muscles. Here are a few tips to keep your spine and back feeling great as you garden.
1. Warm your muscles before starting any project. Even walking for a few minutes will help.
2. Wear the proper shoes. Make sure they are flat, comfortable and offer firm support.
3. Make sure you avoid awkward positions, such as bending forward at your waist for a long period of time. Get down on your hands and knees and try to keep your spine in a neutral position.
4. Using the proper tools for each job can go a long way in keeping you pain free.
5. Do not lift more than you can handle. If you think it might be too heavy, it probably is!
And the final tip: if you injure yourself, see your chiropractor as soon as possible!
Wishing you Health, Happiness and Beautiful Gardens,