Avoiding Pain While Gardening
While spring can be a great time to get out and do yard work, it is important to do it carefully, so you don’t end up with shoulder pain or lower back pain. At Discover Integrated Health LLC, serving Kennesaw and Marietta, GA, we can help. We can offer advice about how to move your body in ways that won’t cause pain. We also offer a variety of chiropractic treatments that can alleviate your pain.
Move with Your Yard Equipment
One way to avoid injury when performing tasks like raking is moving your body in rhythm with the equipment. This involves moving your hips when moving the rake. It also involves having the bulk of the work done by your legs as opposed to your back. You can achieve this by shifting your body weight between your right foot and left foot. The other key to raking safely is to keep it as close to your body as possible.
Squat When Bending Down
If you’re on your own for the yard work, be sure to do squats when raking leaves. This involves dropping to your knees, so you are close enough to the leaves to get the task done in comfort. Place a bucket, trash bag, or trash can close to the pile of leaves you’ve gathered. When picking the pile up to dispose of it, turn your whole body to avoid straining your back.
Wear the Right Clothing
Spring yard work calls for wearing clothes that will help you stay safe. This includes full-length pants made of breathable material like cotton. When it comes to the shoes you wear to do yard work, make sure they are slip-resistant and avoid open-toed shoes. This will help prevent falls and resulting injuries.
Contact Discover Integrated Health LLC
If you end up experiencing shoulder pain or lower back pain from gardening or yard work, our chiropractors can help. At Discover Integrated Health LLC, we treat residents of Kennesaw and Marietta, GA for various pains and injuries. To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment, call us today.