Now that spring has finally sprung, garden lovers are starting to prepare for the season. Have back pain? You may be worried that all physical activity may cause a flare-up, but don’t fret! Gardening with back pain is entirely possible with the help of a few tips.
Some gardening activities can be considered vigorous exercise. Think raking, mowing, lugging around large bags of mulch, etc. That’s why a quick 5-minute walk followed by some light stretching is recommended before beginning.
Gardening requires you to lift quite a few heavy objects, from full-grown bushes to filled watering cans. Make sure you are using the proper lifting technique. Begin by squatting instead of bending at the waist, grip the item with both hands, hold it close to your body, and slowly straighten your legs as you lift.
If possible, minimize the need to lift heavy objects by using a wagon or dolly, or even by just filling the watering can halfway. And remember, you can always ask a loved one for help if your doctor has instructed you to refrain from lifting heavy objects or if you think it would be a bad idea. Reduce heavy lifting while gardening by using a wagon or dolly. Click To Tweet
Take Frequent Breaks
Another great idea while gardening with back pain is to take frequent breaks. Bring a water bottle outside with you to hydrate yourself on the breaks. And if you’ve been in the same position for awhile, consider stretching. Don’t have time for frequent breaks? Try to avoid doing the same job for a continuous period of time. If you have flowers to plant and other plants to water, try switching back and forth between the two tasks.
Use A Kneeler/Chair
Getting onto the ground and back up again can be painful for those experiencing back pain. We recommend the use of cushioned kneelers or low chairs to help prevent pain. Many kneelers have handles to help you push yourself back into the standing position, while alleviating stress on your knees and back with their cushioned bases.
You can also consider more creative solutions like raising your flower beds 2-3 feet above the ground or keeping your plants in containers at waist height.
We hope the tips above will help those trying to garden with back pain this spring. And remember, if you or a loved one is experiencing chronic back pain, we urge you to seek professional medical attention.