Visit Your Chiropractor Before Any Gardening!
By Donna Stark
There are a lot of things that summer entices us to do, but nothing as much as gardening! Seeing those perfectly pruned trees and the pops of color that all of the beautiful flowers provide is just enough to get us all in the mood for a little "front yard sprucing up," don't you think? Creating that extra curb appeal is definitely at its highest during summer, but unfortunately, in addition to beautifying your home, it can also lead to sore backs if you are not careful!
Chiropractic Tips for the Gardener
Your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic love the beauty of a pretty yard as much as you, but they love the beauty of a perfectly aligned spine even more. If you want to maximize your joy of gardening while minimizing the risk of an injured back, come on in to see them before you even start digging in the dirt! Here's why.
- Increased mobility - Chiropractic care can increase your mobility by improving your range of motion, flexibility, and balance. Imagine how much more you can get done if you can actually reach for something without being in pain!
- Improved joint and muscle function - Chiropractic care restores the function of your joints and muscles so that your body can move as it was originally designed to, which can help you move and carry things from one area to the next.
- Reduced allergy symptoms - Chiropractic care can reduce the symptoms of those annoying allergies so that you can stay outside for longer periods of time and get more work done. How does this pertain to your back though? Well, you won't be throwing your back out from sneezing so much!
Self-Care Tips for the Gardener
It's important to be mindful of how you are using your body when gardening and working in the yard, so in addition to receiving chiropractic care, don't forget these healthy tips as well!
- Warm up - Warm up your muscles before you put them to work. After all, you do it at the gym before any physical activity, so why not here?
- Take breaks - Pace yourself! Yard work can be difficult and more of a workout than you think, so take a break to stretch every 30 minutes or so.
- Stay hydrated - Drinking plenty of water is critical if you are going to be physically active under that relentless sun. Throw a bottle of water in your wagon with your garden tools and keep drinking!
- Lift the right way - Avoid any abnormal twisting or bending while lifting heavy pots or bags of mulch. Use proper lifting techniques to avoid injury.
Enjoy the Fruits of Your Labor
I can guarantee you will not want to miss the beauty of your garden by being stuck in bed with an aching back, so come on in today to The Joint Chiropractic. With more than 450 locations nationwide and no appointment required, it's easy to enjoy the fruits of your labor by keeping yourself off of bedrest!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Jacksonville, Fla.