Yard Work & Gardening: Alleviate Muscle Pain This Spring
Gardening and yard work can be a great workout but with the twisting, reaching, bending, and pulling, your body may not respond well to garden exercise. It’s important to stretch your muscles before heading out to the garden. The wrists, shoulders, back, and upper legs are all some of the major muscle groups that can be affected. It’s also important to have a cool-down and warm-up period just like with other physical activities. If you do have muscle pain from gardening, chiropractic care at Thrive Wellness Center in Fayetteville can help.
Stretches to Do Before Gardening
Before you begin to stretch, breathe in and out slowly. Stretching shouldn’t be painful and you should only go as far as you can reach comfortably. Stretch your legs by sitting and have them reach out in front of you. Prop your heel on a step and then lean forward until you feel the stretch on the hamstring. When you are standing, have your hands raised above your head with your fingers weaved together and palms up. Lean over to one side and then the other.
You can also grab your ankle from behind and pull toward your buttocks. Always be aware of your body positioning while in the garden. Don’t bend and instead kneel. Alternate your movements and stance often to keep your body and muscles balanced. Wrap your arms around yourself and twist to the side and then reverse.
After You Garden
After a day spent doing yard work, if you feel muscle pain then there are ways to help with the discomfort. You can apply an ice pack to the area for 48 hours and then after the 48 hours, switch to heat.
Visit a Chiropractor
Chiropractic care from Thrive Wellness Center in Fayetteville can help with a drug-free and hands-on approach to muscle aches left by a day out in the garden. In addition to treating musculoskeletal injuries with spinal manipulation, we can provide other rehabilitative and therapeutic exercises recommended to help you stay safe during your gardening endeavors. Call us today at (479) 439-8121 to schedule an appointment.