How Chiropractics May Protect Against Gardening Pain


Spring is coming, and people around the nation are beginning to get their properties ready for yard work. Flowers need to be planted, lawns need to be reseeded, soil needs to be sifted, and tons more Spring activity will be done by millions of homeowners in the coming weeks. While many are looking forward to the process of preparing their property for the warm weather, not many people are preparing their bodies for the strenuous activity that they will be doing in the process of all of this yard work.

The American Chiropractic Association has made a stringent effort to communicate with those who are heavily involved in springtime yard work and gardening, to take the same precautions with their bodies that they are taking with their properties. Yard work and gardening requires a lot of bending, lifting, and various other movements that put a significant amount of stress on the spine and on the musculoskeletal system overall.

Given the lack of activity that is often seen during the wintertime, it is difficult to just jump right into high levels of activity once the warm weather arises. Additionally, there is so much equipment that is used in gardening and yard work that can potentially cause other problems. Misusing this equipment is another avenue towards negatively impacting our musculoskeletal health.

In light of this concern, the American Chiropractic Association has made a series of recommendations to those who will be diving right into the springtime handwork. Mainly, those who are doing this work around their property are encouraged to treat this activity as athletics. Specifically, they must actively warm up dynamically, get the body going to acclimate to the increased workload placed on the body, and ensure that there is a level of protection against musculoskeletal injuries. Secondly, gardeners and yard workers are urged to start slowly and ease into the springtime activity rather than jump head first into the work. Finally, one of the more important recommendations is to take small breaks throughout the day. Constant stress on the body can cause degeneration of the spine and the nervous system, and allowing the body to recover shortly throughout the day is crucial.

With these things in mind, those engaging in outdoor activity around the house are primed for a successful springtime season without injury. Individuals should treat their bodies with the same respect that they do for their lawns, and it is time to start believing so.

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