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.

 

Easy Ways to Avoid Muscle Strain

Muscle strain can be excruciating. If you’ve ever experienced muscle strain, you’ll know just how excruciating it can be and that it’s something you’ll want to avoid at all costs.

So why does muscle strain occur?

According to our Newcastle under Lyme chiropractor, muscle strain usually comes on when muscles are overstretched beyond their normal capabilities. When this happens, the muscle fibre pulls apart from tendons and ligaments. Ouch!

Although anyone can experience a muscle strain, they are more likely to occur in muscles that are weak and inflexible, so keeping in good physical shape is really important!

The areas like lower back, groin and hamstring are the most vulnerable to injury and muscle strain. So the next time you go to do anything strenuous, prepare your body first! Warming up and stretching before you start any kind of exercise can significantly reduce the risk of pulling a muscle.