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Autumn Gardening

It won’t be long before the leaves start turning golden and we find ourselves with lots of clearing up to do in the garden.

We often don’t think of gardening as the form of exercise it is, or take precautions to protect our backs. Here are some top tips on looking after your back during this busy time for gardeners:

Warm up
Gardening is like any other exercise so you need to warm up first. Start with some of the lighter jobs you have to do to lessen the change of muscle strain.

Take a break
Even if your garden is covered in leaves, don’t go raking up leaves for an hour in one go. Aim for spending 20-30 minutes on any one thing and take regular breaks.

Using a ladder
When using a ladder or steps, make sure you are always facing it, keeping your shoulders, hips and knees pointing in the same direction. Rather than leaning or reaching, move the ladder or step regularly to keep up with where you are. Any kind of ladder must be firmly and safely planted in position and, if possible, have someone else there to keep an eye on things.

Clothes
Wear warm, comfy clothes that don’t restrict your movements.

Seek professional advice – If you are already experiencing an episode of back pain after some gardening or want to prevent one from starting, consider booking in an appointment with a professional like your Chiropractor.

Resources: British Chiropractic Association