“Advice for gardeners” ..don’t over do it with the trowel!

The nation’s gardeners will be coming out of the woodwork this spring as the gardening season sets in. With everyone in a rush to get those jobs done in the garden, there is a risk that gardeners may injure themselves. In an attempt to keep everyone healthy enough to actually enjoy sitting in their garden come summer time, Avon View Chiropractic has identified some tips to help you get through those garden tasks safely.

  • Don’t start with heavy-duty gardening – start with the lighter jobs, like mowing the lawn, and then move on. If you are pruning, use long handled secateurs and get as close to the plants as you can!
    • Don’t twist again – if you have to use a ladder to reach trees, hedges, large shrubs or fences– treat it like a dancing partner, always face it and move the ladder regularly. Always keep your shoulders, hips and knees pointing in the same direction. Also, make sure the ladder is firmly and safely planted in position and, wherever possible, have someone else standing at the base to keep an eye on things!
  • If laying a patio, keep the slab close to your body and bend your knees. It is sometimes better to bend one knee rather two as your supporting leg gives you a position of strength.
  • Dress appropriately – don’t wear tight, constricting clothes.
  • Vary your activity; spend no more than 20-30 minutes on any one thing and take regular breaks.
  • If you are planning a trip to the garden centre and buying heavy items like bags of compost or pebbles – buy more small bags, rather than one big bag. Smaller items are easier and safer to carry. If there is no other option, ask someone else to help carry it to the car and then when you get home, shovel out smaller quantities straight from the car and put it in to small containers.
  • Treat gardening like normal exercise; you need to warm up and warm down
  • Pain is a warning sign do not ignore it – if you start to ache then stop what you are doing.

For more information: Call Avon View Chiropractic on 01425 474046 or visit our website at www.ringwoodchiropractic.co.uk

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Chiropractic care for neck pain better than medication

Dr. Gert Bronfort and his team has recently published a study on various treatments for neck pain in the Annals of Internal Medicine. One of the results that came out of this study is that chiropractic care works much better for neck pain than drugs. The study also showed that simple home exercises and patient advice works better than drugs. This is good news for chiropractors and their patients suffering from neck pain since exercises, advice and spinal manipulation are main ingredients in most chiropractic treatments. The study has received considerable attention. Here is what the New York Times wrote. Here is the study itself.