Gardening Tips for a Healthy Back

It is my finally my favorite time of the year! Spring has finally sprung! The trees are blooming, grass is growing, and flowers are being planted.  The bright colors are coming and gardening is starting! Often, gardening can hurt our backs and cause us to be unable to keep up our beautiful gardens. Here are some tips to help decrease the chances of hurting ourselves this spring:

 

  • Warm up and stretch before doing any yard work, although we may not see it, gardening IS a form of exercise.
  • Look for tools that are designed to spare the back, shoulders, and wrist.
  • When lifting, bend your knees and hips and try to keep your back straight. Our leg muscles are much stronger than our back muscles, so use those legs!
  • Do not twist your upper body, instead, move your feet and keep your shoulders in align with hips and knees.
  • Use a wheelbarrow for moving heavy loads and be sure to bend at your hips and knees, NOT your back.
  • Pull your belly button in towards your spine and keep your core tight while doing things such as raking or lifting.

 

Hope you find yourself making sure you have good body mechanics this spring to decease your chances of having pain this summer!

 

pa-student-katieAbout the Author:

Katie Finnegan is a student at Calhoun Community College, and is getting her Associates in May to be a Licensed Physical Therapists Assistant in May 2017. Katie attended the University of Alabama and graduated in 2014 with a bachelors in Exercise Science. She is currently finishing her last clinical round at the Patrick Rehab Center and is excited for graduation. She is from Hazel Green, Alabama.

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