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Gardening and Back Pain

Ways to prevent lower back pain after gardening in Saratoga and Glens Falls, NYIt’s that time of the year when it’s great to be into gardening. But, that also makes it a time to be extra careful about avoiding back pain.

For a comprehensive look at gardening and back pain, we suggest you check out an article on the National Public Radio (NPR) website:

Here’s a quick overview of what NPR advises gardeners:

  • Pace yourself. You might love digging around in the dirt, but don’t overdo it. A long day in the garden can mean even longer days feeling stiff. The weeds can wait. Consider pulling them section by section.
  • Consider wearing a brace. The article has a funny quote that says: “It’s not like your grandmother where you’re wearing a girdle all day. You’re just wearing it for an hour.”
  • Sit down on the job.
  • Take a knee. Use your front leg to brace your elbow as you work.
  • Consider raised beds.
  • To minimize the harms of repetitive, unbalanced motions like digging or raking, switch arms regularly.
  • When raking, position the rake in front of you and draw it towards you.

Okay, that’s the worrying part. Let’s also keep in mind that gardening, especially when done out in the fresh air, can be quite good for our overall health and well-being.

Studies have found that gardening can decrease stress, and provide us with a greater sense of accomplishment in our lives. Ask any gardener about how their garden is doing and be prepared for an excited response.

And then there is the fact that a garden means really fresh food. A good diet builds stronger bodies.

But, once again, it’s important not to override the benefits by overdoing it. Don’t let your green thumb cause you red hot pain.

*Please Note: Information on this site or any recommended sites should not be used as a diagnosis or a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.
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