Avoiding Back Pain While Gardening: Best Kept Secrets

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Do you love tending to your garden but fear that you will suffer from chronic neck stiffness and tenderness in your back at the end of the day? Are you scared that the aching will keep bothering you and cause significant impacts on your life? Your fear and worries resonate with quite a lot of patients seeking help from an Upper Cervical doctor. 

And just like you, they are concerned that their symptom will prevent things from doing things they love, such as working on the landscaping of the backyard, harvesting their farm produce, and switching from one plant to another. 

Find out how to resolve your problem so you can return to your regular gardening routine. We also shared quite a few interesting facts about the benefits of gardening.


Gardening and Back Pain

Gardening is a good hobby for health and one of life's simple pleasures. The fresh air, the sound of birds chirping, and the satisfaction of nurturing plants to live are why so many of us love spending time in the garden. It can help you relax, improve your mood, exercise more, and even improve your mental health. In addition, gardening allows you to connect with nature and save money on food bills by growing some of what you eat at home instead of buying it from supermarkets or restaurants.However, despite being a great hobby, it can cause mild to severe back pain if you don't do it properly. The main causes of this discomfort are poor posture, lifting heavy objects, and bending over for long periods.Luckily, there are ways to avoid back pain while enjoying this calming and environmentally beneficial hobby. To ensure that your gardening experience isn't marred by unnecessary aches and pains, follow these tips: 

Always warm up first

Warming up your muscles before gardening is the best way to avoid back pain. Try some stretches, walk around the garden for a few minutes, or do gentle yoga or tai chi.

Use good posture

Keep your back straight, and bend at 90 degrees at the waist while keeping your shoulders back as you work. Try not to hunch over, which can cause strain on the lower back muscles as well as neck pain in some cases. You can maintain good posture by keeping your head up and eyes focused on what you're doing rather than looking down at the ground all day.

Your knees are your friends

When you kneel, your knees are the largest joints in your body. They should also be bent at the right angle when kneeling to avoid pinched nerves. If you have a pillow or towel to rest on, that's great! Otherwise, support your weight with both hands (one on either side of your plant) to support some of the pressure placed upon them by being bent over for long periods of time.

Don't sit on the ground

Avoid sitting on the ground because it forces you to lean forward, which puts pressure on your spine and can cause muscle strain. If you have to sit on the ground, use a stool or chair with a backrest and at least as tall as your knees when bent at a 90-degree angle. If there are no stools available, just don't sit down!

Move your whole body

Move with purpose--don't just lean over to grab something in front of you; bend at the knees and then use those muscles to reach down for the item instead of leaning over uncomfortably far. This helps keeps pressure off of both shoulders as well as prevents back pain from occurring later on because you've been putting strain on one side all day long!gardening, Upper Cervical

Most Effective Solution to Back Pain: Upper Cervical Chiropractic

Are you tired of having constant back pain? Find relief and freedom to be able to do the things you love! You can do this in the most authentic way possible for your own body by complementing your active life and fondness of the outdoors with regular upper cervical chiropractic care.  Upper cervical chiropractic is one of the most natural ways to manage pain and inflammation that is causing your back pain while working in the garden. You see, most back pain cases result from a spinal misalignment that leads to a pinched nerve or muscle compensation - a common consequence of neck and head trauma. Traditional approaches, such as pain medications or surgery, mostly provide temporary relief. Upper cervical chiropractic, on the other hand, takes a holistic approach, addressing the root cause of the issue. By realigning the upper neck vertebrae, cervical chiropractors can alleviate the pressure on the nerve and resolve back pain so you can experience long relief! Cervical chiropractors have been helping people with back pain for decades, and they will be able to help you too! If you still don’t have a go-to chiropractor or upper cervical clinic to help with your back pain problems, get one using the comprehensive Find-a-Doctor tool of the Upper Cervical Awareness organization. You can access this FREE directory of chiropractors all over the States HERE.


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