Be aware of your body technique, form and posture while gardening. Kneel, don't bend, and alternate your stance and movements frequently.
GARDEN FITNESS STRETCHES
Patient Information from the American Chiropractic Association.
WHEN THE BULBS ARE PLANTED
If you already feel muscle aches and pains and did not complete the warm-up and cool-down stretches, the are ways to alleviate the discomfort. Apply a cold pack on the area of pain for the first 48 hors or apply a heat pack after 48 hours, and consider CHIROPRACTIC CARE.
CHIROPRACTIC CARE CAN HELP
If the pain persists, consider spinal manipulation. The goal of a doctor of chiropractic if to manipulate the spine and help stimulate your body's natural healing process.
As springtime approaches, weather warms up and leaves turn green, many people will spend more time outside planting bulbs, mowing the lawn and pulling weeds. Gardening can provide a great workout, but with all the bending, twisting, reaching and pulling, your body may not be ready for exercise of the garden variety.
Gardening can be enjoyable, but it is important to stretch your muscles before reaching for your gardening tools. The back, upper legs, shoulders, and wrists are all major muscle groups affected when using our green thumb.
"Warm- up and cool-down" period is as important in gardening as it is for any other physical activity," said Dr. Scoot Bautch of the American Chiropractic Association's (ACA) Council on Occupational Health. "Performing simple stretches during these periods will help alleviate injuries, pain and stiffness."
To make gardening as fun and enjoyable as possible, it is important to prepare your body for this type of physical activity. The following stretches will help to alleviate muscle pain after a day spent in your garden.
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