Back pain in the garden? Shrewsbury Family Chiropractic offers tips
12th April 2013
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Shrewsbury chiropractor Glenn Frederickson shares hints and tips to help you enjoy the fruits of your labour during National Gardening Week.

The event from 15th - 21st April 2013, will see thousands of people across the country will be coming together to help keep Britain beautiful by sharing and celebrating everything about gardens and gardening.

As part of this, Dr Glenn Fredericksen from Shrewsbury Family Chiropractic has shared a few hints and tips that will help you for many years to come...

Gardening isn't exactly an extreme sport, but whilst you might not need a helmet to participate, you can take steps to avoid injury from maintaining improper posture. Bending over seeding, weeding and watering, the hours can quickly slip by.

Then there are activities like digging, carrying buckets, pushing wheelbarrows and lifting.

Done the wrong way, these activities can place strain and stress on our backs, particularly when our bodies are held in unsound positions over a sustained period of time.

It is easy to understand how back pain can arise from our pursuits in the garden if we don't undertake these activities in the right way.

And not surprising that in general, about 80% of people experience low back pain at some stage in their lives.[1] The good news is most injuries are preventable Here are some tried and tested rules for lifting with care, without hurting your back:

• Get Close to the Load: Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, head up, feet and body pointing in the same direction. Pivot with your feet, don't twist your body whilst carrying the load.

• Knees Bent, Back Straight: Check the weight of what you are lifting. Use your leg and arm muscles to smoothly and slowly lift.

• Easy Does It: Bend your knees and slowly lower the load to its intended place. Do not lift heavy objects above your waist. Avoid heavy lifting immediately after prolonged bending and kneeling. Aside from using the correct posture and tools, take frequent breaks and walk around and stretch, as staying in the same position for too long can contribute to a sore back later that night or the next morning.

Back or muscle pain that last longer than 48 hours is your body's way of saying it needs help.

Further advice on how to plant and rake without the ache can be found on the LiveWell website:

Chiropractors are trained to detect spinal problems and provide care so you may return to better health. They provide expert care for your back, muscles and joints, helping you to enjoy life to the fullest.

For more information, contact Shrewsbury Family Chiropractic on 01743 493 091.

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