Plant & Rake Without the Ache

Gardening is one of the most common sources of back and neck pain during the warm weather season. Here are some tips aimed at helping gardeners avoid the stiff and sore joints, muscle, neck and back pain that sometimes accompanies work in the yard.

S-t-r-e-t-c-h Before You Start

To plant and rake without the ache, do each of these stretches five times. Don’t bounce, jerk or strain. Stretches should be gentle and should not cause pain.

Tips for a Healthy Back in the Garden

Have the right tools for the task at hand.

Ensure you drink plenty of fluids.

Alternate between light and heavy jobs.

Lift correctly.

Take frequent breaks.

Heavy loads should be shared.

Your feet should be protected with thick soled supportive shoes.

Before you start, warm-up your muscles.

Avoid muscle strain, learn the right techniques.

Change positions frequently.

Kneel to plant and weed.

Spinal check-ups can help keep your back healthy