The 10th – 16th August is National Allotment Week, encouraging people of all ages to get outdoors and gardening. But before you get started consider these tips to help avoid injury:
- Clothing – don’t wear clothes that are too tight and that could restrict your movement. Comfortable, loose clothing is best.
- Warm Up – gardening is like any other form of exercise so you need to warm up. Start with lighter jobs before moving onto heavier things in order to reduce the chance of strains and sprains.
- Take A Break – vary your activities and don’t spend more than 20-30 minutes on one task at a time.
- Planning – if you are going to the garden centre to purchase heavy items such as compost etc. consider buying smaller bags that are easier to carry rather than one big one. Alternatively ask for heavy items to be delivered. Or use a trolley or wheelbarrow to help move things around easily. If possible also try to keep heavy tools and materials in a locked shed or cabinet so that you don’t have to take them each time.
For more information, take a look at this video from the British Chiropractic Association.
From the Team at Archibald Chiropractic Clinics
"Treating the cause, not the symptoms"
Dowry Chiropractic Clinic Established in 1987 – Experienced Bristol Chiropractors