Spring is here! The weather is warm and the leaves are green, which means 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.
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 your green thumb.
“A warm-up and cool-down period are as important in gardening as they are for any other physical activity,” said Scott Bautch, DC, of the American Chiropractic Association’s (ACA) Council on Occupational Health. “Performing simple stretches during these periods will help alleviate injuries, pain and stiffness.”
Garden Fitness Stretches
Try the following stretches to help alleviate muscle pain after a day spent in your garden:
Finally, be aware of your technique and your body’s form and posture while gardening. Kneel, do not bend, and alternate your stance and movements frequently.
After the Bulbs are Planted
If you feel muscle aches and pains after working in the garden, there are ways to alleviate discomfort. Apply a cold pack or a heat pack (your preference) on the area of pain and consider making an appointment with a doctor of chiropractic. To find a chiropractor near you, visit our Find a Doctor page.
By North Park Chiropractic Center
May 5, 2021