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Chiropractic Care for the Gardener

By Donna Stark

It's the end of spring and the beginning of summer which usually means it is time to tend the gardens. Whether you are growing vegetables to eat at the dinner table or flowers to decorate that table, the hard work and the joyful results can be the same. And what is also the same between the two is the pain you may end up feeling in your knees, shoulders, and back. Gardening brings such a peaceful image to mind, but just like any other activity, significant injuries can occur. So come on in to The Joint Chiropractic and get your body ready for what lies ahead!

Preparing Your Body for Work

It's time to get your lawns in order, the mulch refreshed, and the potential blooms planted. It's also time to turn the soil over and get those future vegetables planted. Gardening is an incredible activity that allows you to enjoy the beautiful weather, but it's also an activity that can cause you to be stuck in bed, nursing a sore back! But don't panic, I'm not telling you to put those gardening gloves back in the garage. You can avoid that kind of pain simply by seeing your local chiropractor first. Here are some tips that can help you keep your back healthy while your gardens produce the most amazing bits of joy you could ever imagine!

  • Warm up - You don't think twice about warming up before a workout in the gym, so why wouldn't you do the same before you head out into your yard for some serious manual labor? Before you begin, try warming up your muscles with a short walk or some easy stretching.  
  • Lift properly - Before lifting those heavy bags of mulch or that shovel of dirt, position yourself close to the object, keep your spine in a neutral position, and bend at your hips and knees. Avoid any abnormal twisting or turning of your spine by using your leg and arm muscles to smoothly and slowly lift the object.
  • Take breaks - It's important to take enough breaks to give your muscles the rest they need as well as to hydrate and cool down! If you feel your body starting to ache or if the sun is beating down on you a little too much, stop for a few minutes, grab some water and shade, and let your body recover!
  • Get adjusted - The adjustments that your chiropractor provides can reduce your pain, improve your range of motion and flexibility, and help control those annoying allergies so you can be outside as long as you need to get the work done!

Enjoying Your Bounty

Come on in to The Joint Chiropractic today to help you get your body ready for all of that hard work you have ahead of you. With more than 450 locations nationwide, extended hours, and no appointment needed, getting that food and those flowers onto your table will feel effortless!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Columbia, S.C.

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