BEAR RIVER CHIROPRACTIC
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Spring has sprung!
We all have the urge to get out and do some gardening. It is a great activity to take up for your mental and physical health. While being outside in the sun can work wonders for stress levels, it can cause strain on our back if done extensively and in uncomfortable positions. Here are a few tips to help you ease into gardening while avoiding injury to your neck and back.
1. PLAN AHEAD
Come up with a plan on what you will do each day and how you will do it. Keep track of what you can and can't do in terms of your back pain. Start small. Gardening should be fun! You don't want to overdo it and end up hurting yourself.
2. USE THE RIGHT TOOLS AND ACCESSORIES
Tools that lighter and have longer handles are best for those with back pain. If you have to kneel on the ground use a cushion for your knees. Alleviating the pressure on your body will benefit you.
3. BE CAREFUL LIFTING HEAVY OBJECTS
Large items, like heavy bags of mulch, gravel, or soil can really put a strain on your back if you don't lift the right way. Make sure proper technique is used to bend, lift and twist.
Keep your back straight and bend from your knees when lifting something heavy.
Use a wheelbarrow to move heavy objects or have someone help you move heavy items.
Avoid bending to the side when trying to lift or reach something.
Work lower to the ground when planting to avoid excessive bending.
4. STAY HYDRATED
Working in the hot summer can cause you to become dehydrated quickly. Proper hydration is great, not only for spinal health but for your entire body. Stop and take water breaks every 15 to 20 minutes.
5. TAKE BREAKS
The best thing to do is listen to your body. If it's telling you to stop, take a break. Allow your muscles and joints to loosen from stiff positions. This is to avoid muscle soreness and over-straining that can cause back pain. Stretch and hydrate during your break.
Source: Virginia Spine Institute
If you have any questions call BEAR RIVER CHIROPRACTIC at (530) 268-2288.
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Bear River Chiropractic Office Hours
We are open during our regular business schedule. If you have any questions or need to make an appointment please do not hesitate to call us at (530) 268-2288.
Bear River Chiropractic Business Hours:
MONDAY 7:30am - 4pm (or until the last patient)
TUESDAY 8am - 12pm
WEDNESDAY 7:30am - 4pm (or until the last patient)
THURSDAY 8am - 12pm
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