HEALTH-Get set to garden

Community Health May 23, 2014 at 3:09 pm

HEALTH-Get-Set-to-GardenBy Dr. George I. Traitses

Plant and Rake Without the Ache

Gardening is a great way to stay active and have fun in the sun. But many Canadians sustain injuries that can be easily prevented with a little know-how.

The right moves

Use the right moves to lighten the load on your back. Kneel, don’t bend, to plant. Change your body position often. Take frequent breaks. Alternate between light and heavy chores. Drink lots of water. And most importantly, loosen-up before you start out.

Warm up

Before you begin any physical activity, warming up is a key factor in preventing injury. Take a walk, even on the spot. Ten to 15 minutes should do it. Don’t forget to lift your knees and gently swing your arms.

Stretch before you start

To plant and rake without the ache, do each of these stretches five times. Don’t bounce, jerk or strain. Stretches should be gentle and should not cause pain.

Upper Body

Your sides

• Extend your right arm over your head.

• Bend to the left from the waist.

• Hold for 15 seconds and repeat on the other side.

Your arms and shoulders

• Hug yourself snugly.

• Slowly rotate at the waist as far as is comfortable to the left, then to the right.

Your back

• In a seated position, bend forward from the hips, keeping your head down.

• Reach for the ground.

Lower Body

Your thighs

• Face a wall or tree and support yourself against it with one arm.

• Bend your right knee and grasp your ankle or pant leg with your left hand.

• Hold for 15 seconds and repeat on the other side.

Your hamstrings

• Stand.

• Reach your hands to the sky.

• Then bend at the waist and reach toward your toes.

• Hold for 15 seconds.

For more information on health and safety visit the Ontario Chiropractic Association, a voluntary professional association whose mission is to serve our members and the public by advancing the understanding and use of chiropractic care. or call 1877-327-2273.

Dr. George Traitses, 416-499-5656,; (416) 499-5656 Fax: +1 (416) 499-5797