With the warm weather, many people are getting out in the garden. Here are 4 tips to prevent getting a sore back:

  1. Warm up before starting – You could try a brisk walk followed by some stretching exercises. If you have back pain, it is a good idea to discuss the sorts of stretches that would be appropriate for you with your chiropractor or other healthcare practitioner.
  2. Be careful when lifting – Moving objects, such as pots and full watering cans, can hurt your back if you do not have good lifting technique. When you lift, try squatting rather than bending at the waist. Use both of your hands to hold the item and keep it close to your body. If the object is very heavy, it may be good to get some help.
  3. Take care when digging – Get close to the area and try to avoid twisting.
  4. Have rest breaks – Minimise the time spent doing the same job rather than doing the same task for a long period of time. Mix up your activities, and remember to keep hydrated.

If you have back pain from gardening and you’re not sure what to do about it, please call us on (02) 6257 9400. We may be able to help!