The spring and summer seasons are a favorite time of year for those with a green thumb. It is the perfect time of year for planting and tending to a garden. Even doing yard work can be relaxing and enjoyable. However, after a long winter of not engaging in these activities, there can be risks to your back, spine, joints, and muscles. Consider using the following tips from Kosak Chiropractic and Acupuncture in West Omaha, NE for avoiding back, neck and muscle pain from yard work and gardening:
Take the time to stretch and warm up before beginning each gardening session. This can make all the difference in avoiding muscle pain and strains. It can also help you keep your back, neck, and spine healthy, balanced and free of subluxations.
After you are finished doing gardening or yard work, do another stretching session so that your muscles don’t tighten up later. This can help you to avoid stiffness, tightness and muscle pain that evening or the next day.
When gardening and doing yard work, proper form is also key to avoiding injury. Never bend at the waist when lifting or planting. Instead, keep the spine straight and bend at the knees. Keep all joints tracking straight as you garden or do yard work; do not twist or lean at awkward angles.
As the summer continues, hot temperatures can be a hazard while gardening. Be sure to wear proper sun protection to avoid sunburn. Stay hydrated and take breaks as appropriate so that you don’t overheat.
If you do suffer muscle pain or back pain due to an injury suffered while gardening or doing yard work, your Kosak Chiropractic and Acupuncture can help. Dr. Kevin Kosak is dedicated to your health and well being and takes a holistic approach to your injuries. A combination of chiropractic techniques and electrical/needle-free acupuncture can be particularly powerful and effective. Call us today at 402-964-0300 to set up an appointment for back, neck and muscle pain relief with our West Omaha chiropractor.