Green Fingers Don’t Necessarily Make For A Well Back

We Brits love our gardens. We spend a lot of time and money on them. Now the sun is starting to shine and with longer hours of daylight, gardeners across the country will be spending time get their gardens into shape.

Gardening is a great form of activity regardless of age and it also gets people outdoors which has all kinds of health benefits. Our chiropractors at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic therefore encourage people to do some gardening. However, gardening isn’t without it’s downsides as far as incurring injuries and strains are concerned.

With this in mind our chiropractors want to ensure that everyone stays safe and recommend that before rolling up your sleeves and getting stuck in that you spend 3 minutes of your time watching a video that the British Chiropractic Association has made. This video is full of advice on what you can do to keep your back,muscles and joints safe when gardening.

Please watch it as it may prevent you having to visit the Clinic!

If you do find yourself suffering back pain or muscle or joint pain the don’t hesitate to call us on 01782 711 191. Our chiropractors are here to help you.

 

 

Planning Some Gardening This Spring?

With Spring upon us some of us will be turning our thoughts to heading outside to spruce up our gardens. As chiropractors we encourage people to get outdoors and take some exercise. However, we do also encourage people to prepare themselves adequately so that they stay safe and not injure themselves in the process.

Here are a few helpful tips our chiropractor at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic has put together to help you prepare to keep your back safe whilst gardening.

Clothes

Wear comfortable loose fitting clothes that won’t constrict your movement.

Warm Up

Like any other form of exercise you need to warm up before starting. Do a few simple stretches before starting off with lighter jobs.

Tools & Equipment

Over reaching and over stretching often lead to injuries. It is well worth investing in tools that are designed with long handles.

Check all equipment before using to ensure they are in good working order.

If you’re intending to use a ladder it may be a good idea to ask a family member or friend to give you a hand and hold the ladder.

Take a break

Make sure you take regular breaks. Spend no longer than 20 -30 minutes on one activity.

We’ve included a really useful video below that provides advice for keeping your back safe in the garden. You can watch it now.