Spring is here! The weather is FINALLY staying warm. Time to get those gardens flourishing. Gardening can be very hard work with lots of kneeling, bending, twisting, lifting and carrying. It’s important to ensure we keep our bodies and spines healthy and moving well during this increase in physical activity.
The Ontario Chiropractic Association has an excellent acronym to help us remember how to stay healthy while we’re gardening!
H – Have the right tools for the task at hand.
E – Ensure you drink plenty of fluids.
A – Alternative between light and heavy jobs.
L – Lift correctly.
T – Take frequent breaks.
H – Heavy loads should be shared.
Y – Your feet should be protected with thick soled supportive shoes.
B – Before you start, warm-up your muscles.
A – Avoid muscle strain, learn the right techniques.
C – Change positions frequently.
K – Kneel to plant and weed.
S – Spinal check-ups can help keep your back healthy.
If you do injure yourself while gardening, or have questions about specific techniques (lifting, bending, etc…) please go see a regulated health professional for a proper assessment, treatment and advice specific to your body. Our team at Lawrence Park Health would be more than happy to help you out! Enjoy the sun! Looking forward to seeing those May Flowers!
Author: Dr. Allie Dennis, B.Sc. Kin (Hons.), D.C., Acu, CSEP-CPT, SFMA
Toronto Chiropractor | Acupuncture Provider | Personal Trainer | SFMA Practitioner