19 Apr 2018
By: Philip Hehir
60 years, Abbottswood, Alain Michelotti, Andrew Hewitt, Andy Hewitt, Arthritis, Back pain, Chiropractic, Chiropractor, gardening, gardening tips, Guildford Chiropractic Centre, Guildford Chiropractic Clinic, Guildford Chiropractor, Philip Hehir, Sandra Boniface, Wear and Tear
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Looking for simple gardening tips?
- Choose a lightweight and long handed tool.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing
- Keep your back straight while lifting the soil and exert any force through the knees and thighs, using arms and shoulders as a secondary force.
- Dig a little at a time.
- Take a break every 10-20 minutes.
- Choose a two-wheeled wheelbarrow with a pram handle
- Weeding and planting can be dangerous tasks when the back is bent and stretched too far and for too long
- Choose a long-handled hoe – stainless steel for less friction.
- Plant from a kneeling position. Use a ‘kneeler seat’ with handles or mats, not a low stool.
- Mowing and pruning require the right tools for the job. Beware when using hover mowers. Always work behind them. Never attempt to move them sideways to swinging from the waist with the mower at arm’s length.
- Choose the machine to match grass and size of garden
- Where possible, choose an electric start mower or an all electric mower.
- Mow a little at a time, keeping as upright as possible.
- Start up a petrol mower by bracing a foot against the machine for balance and then pull the cord.
- Use long-handled shear to trim edges.
- When pruning, use secateurs which have cut and hold action.
- Get too cold or too hot. This can increase body stress/strain or twist.
- Take a huge fork or spadefuls.
- Dig continuously.
- Overload wheelbarrows. These can go out of control when emptied and twist the spine
- Work too far in front of you. Avoid bending your back
- Bend or squat for long periods of time
- Bend too far over when starting mowers.
- Overstretch or swing lightweight mowers from side to side. This twists the back.
- Twist to the side when starting up a petrol mower.