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Chiropractic Tips for Gardening

By Lana Bandoim

Whether you are competing with the neighbors or simply want to grow vegetables, gardening can be a fun workout. Planting bulbs, adding mulch and pulling weeds can feel like exercise at the gym. However, chiropractors warn gardeners to pay attention to their joints and muscles because this activity can create problems.

Avoid Bending

Some gardeners develop a habit of bending while weeding or planting. Chiropractors discourage people from bending or twisting their backs in the garden. Instead, you may want to kneel to pull out those annoying weeds or spread mulch around flowers. Consider using special stools or pads for the knees to make this process easier.

Avoid Carrying Heavy Items

From oversized bags of soil to heavy containers, many gardeners hurt their backs while carrying items. Chiropractors recommend lifting with the knees and getting help while carrying heavy things. Consider using carts or wheelbarrows to transfer items to the garden. Ask friends or family members to help move concrete planters or large bags of mulch.

Use the Right Tools

Using the wrong tools can make gardening harder and painful. Consider switching to tools with better grips and cushioning so there is less fatigue. Make sure all the tools are the right size. This prevents you from straining to use them.

Warm Up

Chiropractors discourage heavy stretching before physical activities because this can increase the risk of injuries, but you can warm up with light exercise. Try to do some light workouts to warm up the body before spending hours in the garden.

Take Breaks

It is easy to spend hours in the garden and lose track of time. However, chiropractors want people to take frequent breaks, so their joints and muscles can rest. Many gardeners complain about stiffness, pain and aches, but these problems can be prevented. Remember to take several breaks and avoid overdoing it. The annoying dandelions can wait for a couple of hours while you rest and stretch.  

As you plant new bulbs and seeds, pay attention to posture and visit The Joint Chiropractic for more help. The licensed professionals at The Joint can help gardeners and others improve spinal health. There is no need to make an appointment because walk-ins are welcome, so you can spend more time gardening instead of scheduling visits or calling the office. In addition, the convenient locations make it easy to see a chiropractor without having to drive to another town.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Phoenix, Ariz.

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