"Gardening is a matter of your enthusiasm holding up until your back gets used to it" ~ Au
With the weather getting warmer and the evenings longer, a lot of us love to dig our fingers into the soil and spend some relaxing time gardening. It's a great activity, but often we forget how physically demanding it can be.
Here are some tips to help you have a healthy, active and injury free gardening season. It's what we call a S.M.A.R.T. approach (Stretch, Move, Add it up, Reduce Strain, Talk to a Physiotherapist).
Stretch-before, during and after your gardening to move easily and to relieve tension and strain.
Move-gardening is an excellent way to get your whole body moving. Keep your work close to you to avoid reaching and twisting. Make sure you lift with your knees bent and your back straight having the load close to your body.
Add it up-physiotherapist recommend you to move throughout the day. Try to rotate your tasks to avoid overuse injuries. Take regular breaks and work within your physical strength. Don't lift things that are too heavy for you.
Reduce Strain-once again, vary your tasks so that you don't cause overuse injury to your muscles and joints. Measure the tools to make them fit for you and use tools to reduce your work. Wheelbarrows are great to transport supplies and make sure to get tools with good grips and ergonomic handles. Also, to avoid repetitive bending over, use kneeling pad instead or tools with extra long handles.
Talk to a Physiotherapist. You can contact us via www.nordicphysio.co.uk or e-mail us directly on firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to discuss your problems with you and find the best solution for them. On top of treating your injury, we can also provide you with great advice how to prevent them.