Why put up with a stiff back when you don’t have to!
Why it is worth you reading this Blog post:
- You will find out why your back hurts after gardening
- Understand why what most people do to relieve the pain doesn’t work
- get a FREE exercise to download that can save you from ‘After Gardening Back Pain’
- Discover other strategies to help your back recover
This is not a long read and is definitely worth your while as a gardener!
So, why is it that after gardening we can’t stand up straight? Is it normal?
Has this affected you to the point where you have simply accepted back trouble after gardening? It’s a shame because you can do better.
Gardening is one of the most labour intensive regular activities in the day-to-day. It is very physical and so requires significant strength and mobility.
So what’s the go with not being able to stand straight up after a gardening workout?
The answer is simple…
Almost all gardening activities require you to bend forwards from your low back. Anytime you are reaching in front of you, you will bend forwards. Digging and weeding are obvious
tasks , but also think about pruning and lawn mowing; even working at waist height, you will naturally bend a little from the low back. Check out Mr Lawnmower to the right, see how he is slightly bent forwards.
Sustaining a forward bending posture places your back in a tough position. Your muscles and joints work overtime to maintain this posture, and prevents you from folding in half front ways.
During your gardening and definitely after, you may adopt a posture of placing your hands on your back, trying to straighten up. Intuitively you know you need to be straighter, It’s just that this is ineffective at achieving this. Ironically, it’s actually the opposite of what you need to do…no kidding!
After gardening we are usually feeling a bit cactus (pardon the pun). We go inside, have a hot shower to freshen up and then have a sit down. Sound familiar?
STOP…THIS is where you can do better!
What if there was an easy exercise to get your low back to loosen up? This will only take you 3 minutes to do and has the potential to overcome your back pain (not just for gardening too). You have nothing to lose.
I am going to provide this to you for free. I believe that this information is important for the your back health.
My FREE exercise will:
- help you wake up feeling looser in the morning
- relax your muscles
- give you more flexibility when bending
Would it be helpful to know how to help yourself?
It is such an easy thing to do and I want you to feel you are not going to suffer every time you step into the garden. Don’t accept that gardening has to give you back issues.
Gardening is really good for you & I want you to keep doing it!
This forward bending exrecise also helps keep your back in good-knick for the long term regardless of gardening.
Why is forward bending the KEY to a better back?
So instead of giving you an entire sheet of exercises, (which realistically hardly anyone will do), I am just giving you the specific forward bending one…so it’s QUICK & EASY
Even if you are skeptical, it doesn’t cost you anything. AND WHAT IF IT ACTUALLY HELPED?
If you can fluently bend forwards in the low back, you will be able to bend backwards and sideways easier too!
You have nothing to lose and only pain relief and mobility to gain.
So download my easy low back care exercise and feel great.
Try out this exercise. It will only take 3 minutes of your time!
What else can you do to help your back?
- Put heat on it, wheat bag, hot water bottle, heats patch (stick-on), hot shower
- Wear good supportive shoes while gardening. Sometimes we just slip on any old shoes that lack support and have no laces/straps. This is a recipe for falls, tripping and poor walking mechanics
- Try to use your legs when lifting so not to strain your back (an oldie but a goody!)
If you want further advice or an opinion on your back pain,
feel free to contact me at Boroondara Osteopathy 9859 5059
Our clinic has seen many people in this position. They love their garden and want to be involved in its care…
their body is not co-operating. Don’t keep going like this when it is highly probable you don’t have to.