Three Tips to Reduce Pain while Gardening.

Now that the weather is nicer and plants and trees are blooming, you might be compelled to flex that green thumb. Check out this advice on how to keep back, joint, and wrist pain to a minimum so you can enjoy spring to the fullest.

Use Plant Location to Your Advantage.

  • Ground level: Try to do ground-level work on your hands and knees to minimize the pressure placed on your spine. Periodically swapping your working hand with the one you’re using to support your weight may reduce pressure on the wrists and shoulders.

Lift Safely.

  • Closer is better: Lifting heavy objects, like bags of soil or mulch, farther away from the body prevents you from using larger, stronger muscles better equipped for heavier loads. Using a closer approach with good form allows you to use these muscles to your advantage.
  • Bend at your knees – not your back: A rounded spine when lifting causes increased pressure on the discs in your back. Instead, keep your back flat and squat down to lift the target object by bending your knees and hips.

Know the Importance of Quality Tools.

  • Keep your tools sharpened: Dull tools may cause you to use more repetitive motions, causing more stress on the joints in the hands and wrists. It’s a worthy investment to reduce effort. Local hardware stores often offer sharpening services for garden tools at a reasonable price.

These are just a few simple techniques you can impliment to help keep your back, joints, and wrists in check while you garden.

For more information on how physical therapy might benefit you this spring, contact info@sptny.com.

Happy planting!