How to Avoid Lower Back Pain While Gardening

Spring is in full bloom and summer is right around the corner! At Danubio Chiropractic, even our staff love to get outside and get their hands dirty. With gardening, however, we all run the risk of developing lower back pain. Learn how to prevent it this season with these simple tips.

TAKE BREAKS. We understand your eagerness to get out there and till all the soil and pull every weed, but every body has a limit. Don’t wait until your experiencing pain or your body is screaming with exhaustion—be proactive and take a breather every hour or so. And always be sure to stand up, stretch, or walk around every 20 minutes.

SET GOALS. Don’t head outside with the idea that you’re going to conquer each and every garden bed. Instead, reduce your workload and do one section of your yard each day, especially when it comes to physically demanding tasks such as weeding or mulching.

TECHNIQUE. Believe it or not, there is a right way to garden! Dr. Danubio highly recommends NOT bending at the waist and reaching for your plants. This can cause the most lower back pain. Instead, use a gardening mat and reach while resting on your knees.

TRY A RAISED GARDEN. If you’re suffering from severe back pain or arthritis but can’t stand the thought of not gardening this season, then it may be time to try out a raised or vertical garden. These are a great option for those growing vegetables and herbs.

LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. Your hands, lower back, feet, and knees are going to be the sorest parts of your body after gardening. Be sure to use plenty of ice to relieve pain. And remember, you can always see a chiropractor to reduce lower back pain more significantly.

Contact Danubio Chiropractic Offices today to help relieve your chronic back pain. Dr. Danubio can perform chiropractic adjustments to realign your spine, reset the balance of your body, and help you get outside and enjoy the nice weather.

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