9 tips to avoid lower back pain when gardening

Avoid lower back pain when gardening

Written by Laurelle Caristo
After the downpour of rain and while we are on holidays, a lot of us are getting out in the garden to attack the weeds and over doing it. Just remember to pace yourself and follow some of the advice below:

  1. Do a quick warm up – stretch before gardening!
  2. Pace yourself, garden for 30-45min at a time and take a break.
  3. Bend your knees when lifting, rather than bending from your waist so you avoid twisting.
  4. Lift with your legs
  5. Use a kneeling pad and switch/alternate tasks
  6. Remember to keep your spine long and your shoulders relaxed
  7. Hydrate!
  8. Appoint some help – Sharing the load leaves you to delegate the tasks you don’t like and enjoy the tasks you do.
  9. Finish the day off with a warm Epsom salt bath.

Despite all of your best effort to avoid back pain, you do get some pain remember your hot/cold compresses to alleviate pain and make an appointment with your chiropractor 😉

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Frank Caristo