Now that spring has sprung we are able to get ourselves outside to enjoy the warmer weather.  For many there can be nothing more satisfying than pottering around in the garden, tending the flowers and vegetables with the promise of a barbeque and a few cold beers at the end of a hard day’s work.

Impacting on life

As with all physical activities however, gardening should be undertaken sensibly and safely, and in a way that minimises the risk of overwork and injury.  However much we love our gardens, we should ensure that our own health and wellbeing is not sacrificed for their sake.

Gardening Do’s and Don’ts

The good news is there are lots of simple things you can do to help look after yourself whilst in the garden.  Here are some simple Dos and Don’ts:

  • Ensure you gently warm up and stretch your muscles before gardening, especially first thing in the morning
  • Ensure heavier objects are lifted correctly by bending the knees and keeping the object as close in to the body as possible. Wheelbarrows should be used for carrying those heavier objects around the garden.
  • Avoid repetitive activity. Don’t dig for hours on end – do smaller stints of 30 minutes at a time.
  • Avoid the need to stretch over your flowerbeds by making them narrower or ensure they are accessible from both sides.
  • Use long handled tools to reduce the strain on the back and shoulders caused by continued over-stretching.
  • Use a tool belt to hold things such as secateurs so you don’t need to constantly bend down to pick them up
  • If using a watering can use half full to avoid unnecessary strain on the back.
  • Make sure you put the beers in the fridge before you start gardening!

Recommended treatment

The most common causes of aches and pains due to gardening or other physical activities are minor joint sprains, muscle spasms or inflammations which can be effectively managed by treatment and advice from a physical therapist or practitioner, such as an osteopath.  You don’t need a GP referral to see an osteopath as they are primary health care practitioners and are recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for the treatment of conditions such as low back pain.

Help is at hand

Chatteris Osteopaths are experts in the management and treatment of all types of aches and pain.  In addition to hands-on treatment they also offer lifestyle advice such as exercise and posture to help put patients back in control of their own health.

Get yourself back on track

If you’d like to know more, then contact Chatteris Osteopaths for a free 15-min assessment where you can discuss your condition with a qualified osteopath.  Don’t miss out on this perfect opportunity, give Chatteris Osteopaths a call now (01354 694050) and get yourself back on track and back to keeping your garden in tip top shape!