Tips for Protecting Your Back While Gardening
Gardening is a favorite activity for many people of all ages. However, a simple twist of the body while working in the soil can result in sudden and unbearable pain due to a pinched nerve. For others, it might be a pain or stiffness that increases over time. Our chiropractors at Lifeworks Integrative Health are very familiar with all of these scenarios and may be able to treat such gardening injuries with a chiropractic adjustment in Shawnee, Kansas. A great many people who see a chiropractor for the first time never anticipated needing treatment. What not everyone realizes is how easy it is for the spine to become misaligned and cause significant pain as a result. Thankfully, a chiropractor can perform adjustments to properly realign the spine and eliminate the source of pain.
If you are suffering from back pain, give us a call at Lifeworks Integrative Health. We can make an appointment for you to meet with our chiropractor for a comprehensive exam. After an exam you can gain a better understanding of the source of your pain as well as a long term treatment solution. Among the options that may be available to you is a chiropractic adjustment at the Shawnee, KS location. If chiropractic treatments are not appropriate for your diagnosed condition, our chiropractor Shawnee KS can provide you with a recommendation for a medical provider who can help you.
If you have not hurt your back but would like to avoid that scenario, what follows are some tips that can help you stay healthy while enjoying your passion for gardening.
Stay limber. When our muscles are flexible and “elastic” we are less likely to sustain an injury from over-exerting a muscle. Gardeners should especially focus on regularly stretching the muscles in their back, triceps, and hamstrings. Do this before you start your gardening activities and on a daily basis if you can make the time to do so. After an exam by your chiropractor, you can ask for suggestions about specific exercises that will focus on your muscles that need the most attention. Depending on your needs, you may benefit from a chiropractic adjustment at our Shawnee, KS office.
Use ergonomic tools when gardening. Shovels and other gardening tools come in many flavors, including ergonomic versions which can take tremendous stress off your back and other potentially vulnerable areas of your body such as the knees. Gardeners’ knee pads can also be helpful. If you do not have a raised garden box, consider switching to one. They are very back friendly!
Move around. The longer you stay in one position, the more likely your muscles will tense up, which lead to pinched nerves and other problems, as a chiropractor can tell you. When this occurs, a chiropractic adjustment at our Shawnee, KS location may provide necessary relief.
Be mindful of how you move your body. Your chiropractor can demonstrate healthy movements. For example, if you bend at your waist while lifting an object, you might strain a back muscle. Instead, keep your entire body low to the ground, take the object and then slowly straighten your legs and rise up. This allows your legs to do the lifting rather than your back. When possible, use a wheelbarrow or other equipment to carry and move items.
Cherish Your Health
If you are suffering from neck or back pain, call Lifeworks Integrative Health today to make an appointment for an chiropractic adjustment at our Shawnee, KS location. Working with a trusted chiropractor who can provide the pain relief you need may help to improve your quality of life immediately.