5 Gardening Tips For Avoiding Back Pain

| August 31, 2018 | 10 Comments

5 Gardening Tips For Avoiding Back Pain

People tend to mistakenly think of gardening as a soft, serene activity. And, yes, while many find it relaxing, it can also be quite a punishing workout, especially in the hotter months (when most people do their gardening). All that bending over, digging, pulling weeds – it’s not only exhausting, but it can be a source of excruciating back pain. If you are prone to back pain, yet still want to maintain your garden personally, follow these few tips to avoid discomfort.

 

5 Gardening Tips For Avoiding Back Pain

Wooden man representing back pain

 

Warm Up With Some Stretching

You were probably taught to stretch before a workout, and the same ought to apply for gardening – it is, after all, quite the workout. Stretching is thought to increase your flexibility and extend your range of motion, in this case allowing you to bend and twist (within reason) without overextending yourself. Stretching alone can’t save you from back pain, but it’s certainly a good start, and should be part of any gardener’s routine.

Avoid Twisting Motions & Be Careful When Lifting

There is no amount of stretching that can save you from a bad twist, which can put stress on your spine’s discs and cause some serious back pain. Sudden, jerky twisting, as well as prolonged flexion can cause pain, so make sure you are careful with your movements and listen to your body for when it has had enough bending. Also, when you are lifting those planters or pots, practice safe lifting – standing close to the object, squatting, and lifting with your knees, not your back.

Take A Few Water Breaks

Water breaks are just great for your overall wellbeing, but in regards to back pain they serve two functions. One is to simply get you to stop and take a break, thereby ensuring you do not extend yourself for too long. The other reason you should take water breaks is because a hydrated body is less likely to suffer problems. Those flowers aren’t the only things that need a bit of water every once in a while!

 

 

5 Gardening Tips For Avoiding Back Pain

Spine

 

See A Chiropractor

If you are experiencing back pain, or know that you are prone to it, do yourself a favour and start looking for the best chiropractor in your area; they will not only help by offering spinal adjustments, but they will also offer you usable tips for avoiding back pain in the future. Not sure what stretches to do? Ask a chiropractor. Not sure what motions you should and should not be making when you garden? Ask a chiropractor. You get the idea!

Make Use Of Your Gardening Tools

Gardening tools are made to be of service, so use them. They even make garden tools especially for people suffering from back pain, including a garden kneeler and an extendable weed remover. These ergonomically designed tools are a godsend for the person who loves gardening but hates feeling pain the next day.

 

5 Gardening Tips For Avoiding Back Pain

5 Gardening Tips For Avoiding Back Pain

 

In the same way you tend to your garden, you must also tend to your body, making sure it gets the sustenance it needs and avoids being pulled around too much. Here’s to gardening pain-free!

 

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Lyne is happily married and has two amazing teenagers. She is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. LisaM says:

    I have got to get back into the habit of stretching!

  2. Calvin says:

    Reducing strain with prevention is key! Be good to your body

  3. Holly D says:

    This is a great article. My Mother in law has stopped gardening for this very reason. I will be sharing this with her. Hopefully she’ll find it useful and ways to pace herself so she can find a way to doing what she loves.

  4. Debbie White-Beattie says:

    Great tips ! It’s so important to save your back.

  5. Carol Oddy says:

    I love to garden but I find it harder every year to keep up with the weeds because I have MS & Arthritis. Because I have MS can’t take medications for Arthritis or they would make MS worse.

  6. Leanne says:

    These are great tips . I am a landscaper so I know all about the back pain from gardening . We do stretches every morning which really helps and being hydrated is also very important . Have to say I am afraid of going to a chiropractor though lol.

  7. Lynda Cook says:

    Having a raised garden would also help a lot too for people with real bad backs!

  8. Carol Oddy says:

    In our backyard we have five raised bed gardens for vegies, tomatoes, carrots, garlic & a few herbs. We also have blueberries & ever-bearing strawberries & some flowers. I use a stool that I can either sit on or kneel on which helps with weeding on the back.

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