Gardening the Healthy Way

     When doing yard work remember that proper posture will minimize upper- or lower-back pain, neck stain, and shoulder aches. Just as playing sport can injure your body - the twisting, turning, bending, and reaching of yard work can also cause physical harm.

     Like an athlete, you need to do stretching exercises for 10 to 15 minutes before working. Your Doctor of Chiropractic suggests knee-to-chest pulls , trunk rotations, and side bends with head and fingers locked. Take a short walk to stimulate circulation. Repeat the stretching exercise when you are finished gardening.

     Stand as straight as possible and keep your head as erect as possible while raking or mowing. Also, use a “scissors” stance: right foot forward and left foot back for a few minutes, then reverse, putting your left foot forward and right foot back. Bend at the knees, not the waist, when picking up leaves or grass. Make piles small to decrease back strain when lifting. Apply your whole body weight to push the mower, rather than just your arms and back. When you feel sore or stiff, use ice to sooth the discomfort. If pain continues, see your chiropractor.  

Dr. Michael Sciortino, DC practices chiropractic care at the Alaska Center for Natural Medicine. Check out Sciortino's bio here and schedule an appointment today by calling our front desk at 907.452.3600!