Gardening and Chiropractic Care
The warm weather is in full force and everyone is starting to get outside for their favorite activities. Some of us take to the athletic field to play our favorite sports, others are heading to the mountains or national parks for hiking.
A lot of people are taking to their properties to improve their aesthetic appearance. This involves all types of strenuous activity. While mowing the lawn and other yard work is strenuous, one of the household activities that impact our musculoskeletal health negatively in high capacities is gardening. Whether it involves cultivating an at-home farm or a plentiful garden full of blooming flowers, gardening is an excellent way to improve the appearance of your home. However, this appearance improvement often comes at a cost.
But it does not have to! We can take steps to improve our musculoskeletal health and ensure that injuries will not occur. Chiropractic care is a great way to put our bodies in the best possible position to promote positive musculoskeletal health outcomes. The excessive amount of bending over to tend to the plants, lifting heavy bags of soil, straining to dig and water the plants, and all other movements that are a part of gardening can lead to extreme problems with the alignment of our musculoskeletal system. Chiropractors can restore alignment in the muscles and bones so we can carry out these activities and avoid misalignments.
Chiropractors can also help us form a stretching and exercise routine that will help our bodies adjust to the requirements of gardening. A dynamic warm up before gardening can get the blood flowing and help our muscles contract so they are nice and limber before gardening. This can include a light jog, lunges, high knees, sidestepping, and a series of other movements that can help your body prepare itself for physical activity.
After gardening, a series if static stretches can help loosen our muscles and clear out the lactic acid that has built up. Reaching for our knees with straight legs can loosen up our hamstring. This can be done on the ground too, with our feet pressed up against a step or curb. Stretching our back is important too, and we can complete this by lying down and swinging our leg over to one side of our body. All stretches should be held for 30 seconds.
With the right preparation and assistance from a chiropractor, gardening does not have to present nearly the threat that it normally does.