Has this affected you to the point where you have simply accepted gardening back pain? 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?
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.
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?
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.
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 exercise also helps keep your back in good-knick for the long term regardless of gardening.
When gardening we tend to stay in the one position too long. This can tire our muscles and stiffen our joints. By mobilising your low back to bend forwards, you go some way to counteract the posture you’ve just been in. This enables mobility in the other directions!
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 potentially be able to bend backwards and sideways easier too!
You have nothing to lose and only pain relief and mobility to gain.
So watch my easy low back care exercise and feel great.
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.