Weeding, bending and backpain

Posted on: 14 July 2014 by 50connect editorial

Summer gardening can put in positions you'd rather not be in and the after effects can leave you feeling as stiff as a board.

gardening causes back pain

The 'On/Off' summer has been great for gardens; lots of warmth and moisture have turned many a garden into a festival of colour.  Unfortunately for gardeners it has also been high season for weeds. We all want to get out in the garden, but we tend to do the necessary maintenance, to keep the weeds at bay, in bursts ... and we are prone to inflicting unnecessary stress on backs, knees and ankles by overdoing it.

If you’re a keen gardener you’ll be all too familiar with the aches and pains that can strike after a day of digging, mowing and hoeing. So here we'e put together a quick list that could save you a strained back and aching knees.

Think before you lift

Can you manage the lift or should you ask for help? Are there any handling aids you could use such as a wheelbarrow or garden trolley?

Trust the technique

If you must lift a load, start with your feet apart and one leg slightly forward to maintain balance. Bend your back, knees and hips slightly and get a firm grip on the object. Tighten your stomach muscles to pull your pelvis in then lift the object from the floor with the arms first. Keep the object close to your body and gradually straighten your legs, letting them take the strain. Do not straighten your legs before lifting as you may strain your back on the way up

Avoid twisting

Wherever possible do not twist your back or lean sideways awkwardly, particularly when your back is bent. This rule applies whether you’re lifting, digging or even unfolding a deck chair!

Push rather than pull

If you have to move a heavy object across the floor, it is better to push rather than pull

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