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4 Gardening Tips From the Chiropractor

By Brandi Goodman  

Before your gardening routine starts back up this spring, take a few tips from the chiropractor. It's easy to experience pain and discomfort during the activity if you aren't careful. Keep these tips in mind for the best gardening experience possible. 

Stretch First

It may not seem like a vigorous activity that requires stretching first, but gardening is a physical activity just like any other. You need to stretch your body before you garden so your joints and muscles are loose and accommodating. Fail to stretch and you'll be sore and stiff quickly. 

Use Proper Lifting Techniques

Gardening isn't just about digging holes and planting seeds. You may need to lift heavy pots, pull out strong weeds, carry a large watering pail, and much more. Always be sure to use the proper lifting technique when you're working outdoors. You need to squat down at the knees and lift your object with both hands. Keep it close to your body so you aren't straining to reach out for it. 

Employ a Wagon

You don't have to lift these heavy items and carry them all the way to your destination. You'll become fatigued quickly using this method. Employ a wagon so you don't have to do all the work alone. It is easy to transport heavy items by simply pulling them on a wagon rather than carrying the load yourself. A dolly or wheelbarrow will also suffice. Just be sure you're being careful when you pull, and stretch your arms out well before you do. Even pulling a heavy wagon can make you sore if you don't use caution.

Buy a Garden Kneeler

Don't kneel down into the grass or dirt without anything cushioning you. Buy a garden kneeler that adds some cushion beneath your joints so they aren't taking the full impact. It will bring some comfort to the activity and allow you to tackle your chores for longer intervals. Even wearing a pair of knee pads can help until you get the right kneeler or seat. They won't break the bank, either. Plenty of garden kneelers are available from your local hardware store or even a place such as Walmart for less than $30. 

Enjoy your time gardening without regretting it later. Sitting or kneeling for hours will only leave your body feeling sore. Keep some chiropractic tips in mind so you can experience all the benefits gardening brings without any of the discomfort. A trip to The Joint Chiropractic is in order if you still experience some body aches because of the activity.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Mission, Tex.

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