With the spring weather finally here, many of you are looking forward to spending time in the garden. Here are some important tips to keep your back healthy as you challenge it with tasks you likely haven’t done for many months!!
H ave the right tools for the task at hand
E nsure you drink plenty of fluids
A lternate between light and heavy jobs
L ift correctly
T ake frequent breaks
H eavy loads should be shared
Y our feet should be protected with thick-soled, supportive shoes
B efore you start, warm up your muscles
A void muscle strain, learn the right techniques
C hange positions frequently
K neel to plant and weed
S pinal check ups can keep your back healthy
Speak to Dr. Blackburn or Dr. Heick for more details or to review safe positions and proper bending and lifting strategies!
Additional ‘Plant & Rake Without the Ache’ information from the Ontario Chiropractic Association can be found here.