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As the weather warms up and Spring is finally in the air, it will be time to think of our flowers beds!  Gardening will be on our minds!

Gardening is a great outdoor activity and can be very enjoyable, but it is important to warm up your muscles before planting your masterpiece.  It entails a lot of bending, twisting, reaching, and pulling.  Your back, upper legs, knees, shoulders, and wrists can all become affected while gardening and it’s important to take the necessary precautions before and after enjoying your favorite hobby.

Some helpful tips before gardening:

Before you head out, give your muscles a good stretch.  As with any activity that will put stress and strain on your muscles, it is imperative to warm up your muscles.  This will help your body to work more efficiently and cut down the chances of any injuries.

Make sure your gardening equipment is suited for you.  It is important to buy tools that are appropriate for your size.  Try out gardening tools before you purchase them to make sure handle size, length, and weight are right for you.

Some other helpful tips are to take water out with you to avoid dehydration and also to wear comfortable clothes and shoes that offer support and are safe for gardening beds.

If you have injured yourself while gardening or are interested in injury prevention, make an appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Klein, Klein Chiropractic Center, West Chester, PA.  He can help with any back pain related to Spring activities!