Spring means more than just beautiful days, mild temperatures, and sunshine; it means getting your yard and garden back in tip-top shape. Getting outside and sprucing up your yard and garden is what spring’s all about. If you don’t take the proper care, however, yard work – with all of its twisting, reaching, grabbing, pulling, hauling, and squatting – can be strenuous on your joints, neck, back, and shoulders. Take the time to refresh your memory regarding healthy movement; then, get out there and make your yard the envy of the entire neighborhood.
Yard Work Dos and Don’ts
There are several yard and garden tips that can help keep you in peak gardening shape all through the season:
- Remember your limitations (especially if you’ve been inactive all winter): Spend about five to 10 minutes warming up (just like you would for any other physical activity) – take a stroll, gather your supplies, and take a look around your yard to get the big picture.
- Take care of the basics: Don’t forget sunscreen, a hat, bug spray, and a bottle of water. You think you’re only going outside for a minute or two, but your yard’s siren song may keep you much longer.
- If you’re going to do any moderate to heavy lifting, such as bags of grass seed, mulch, or fertilizer, be sure to use a lumbar support belt (they can be purchased at most drug stores). If you need to carry heavy items more than a few feet, use a wheelbarrow to help avoid painful back spasms.
- Standing and straining forward can be hard on your neck, back, and shoulders. It’s better to kneel on a foam knee pad when you’re planting or weeding.
- Keeping your hands above your head for prolonged periods when you’re trimming hedges, trees, or bushes can be physically taxing and awkward. This kind of repetitive motion can lead to inflammation in your back’s facet joints; a stepladder or stepstool that keeps your work at about waist level will help.
Just like with any other strenuous physical activity, don’t forget your cool down!
If You’re Ready to Get Back Outside and Grow, Contact a Tampa Bay Chiropractor Today
Chiropractic care is committed to helping you stay active and do the things you love, like gardening. Chiropractic care can help you move past the aches and pains and get back to the important work of pulling those weeds. Contact Tampa Bay Spine & Injury for an appointment today. We have two offices that are conveniently located in Brandon (813-381-3852) and St. Petersburg (727-898-3852), so please give us a call or contact us.