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Chiropractic Tips On Doing Lawn Work


Most of us love being outside when the weather is great and many of us are happy to putter around in the garden. If you also like to use weed trimmers, leaf blowers and hedge clippers the American Chiropractic Association has some safety tips for you.

ACA warns using lawn care equipment can cause neck and back pain or more serious muscle strain and tears, depending on how the equipment is used. The repetitive motions can create problems.

ACA Lawn Equipment Safety Tips.

Make sure the equipment has a strap and use it. Place the strap over your head on the shoulder on the opposite side of the body from the device to stabilize your center of gravity. Switch sides as often as possible. Alternate your stance and motion frequently. Take frequent breaks. Consider using electrical equipment which tends to be lighter weight than gas powered. Bend from the knees when you pick up or put down equipment. Be sure to do a warm up and cool down stretching as part of the process.

ACA Stretches

Breathe in and out slowly through each stretch until the muscle is stretched out. At that point hold your breath in. When you relax breathe out. Stretch gently and smoothly. You should not feel pain. Try these exercises:

Stand up, prop your heel on a back door step with your knee slightly bent. Bend forward until you feel a slight pull at the back of the thigh, the hamstring. Stabilize yourself by holding onto something sturdy like a garage door handle. Hold the position for 20 seconds, relax, and repeat with other leg.

Weave your fingers together over your head with your palms up. Lean to one side for 10 seconds to stretch your upper body. Then lean to the other side. Repeat two or three times.

Your Chiropractor Can Help

As you pursue your favorite gardening tasks you may feel twinges of pain or you may just want to check in with your chiropractor as a wellness check.

The initial visit with the chiropractor will include a spinal adjustment to evaluate spinal health, a complete medical history review, and a discussion of daily activities such as the gardening.

The chiropractor’s goal will be to keep you active and help you guard against injury, not using pain medications or surgery.

If you see the chiropractor on a regular basis there will be an ongoing monitor of your health and your activities that can serve as good way to spot injuries early. There may also be discussions about the best diet, losing weight, and establishing a safe pace with exercise, gardening, walking and sports. Tips on good ways to relax with mediation, yoga or Tai Chi may come up too.

If this sounds like a good way to stay safe and keep doing all of the things you love like gardening, then make an appointment today and find out more.


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