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As the weather improves, and we start to spend more time in the garden, it is easy to overdo things and end up in pain. Gardening is a very physical activity and like any exercise it is important to warm up first with lighter jobs, to avoid muscle strain. It is useful to keep a small stool, or cushion for gardening so that you can prune or pot plants whilst sitting . Bending from the back,  with straight legs is likely to cause aching muscles, so bend using your knees and the large quadriceps muscles of your legs.

Avoid overstretching and use long handled secateurs to reach plants and bushes that are beyond normal reach. If you do have to lift heavy items, don’t lift with your arms straight out, keep the elbows bent and to your side to minimise the stress on you back.  As you lift try to pull your stomach muscles in (your core muscles) to stabilise the back, and provide support.  If you do find that you are in pain, then chiropractic care can help to improve the function of the joints, relieving pain and muscle spasm.

Happy gardening!

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