More Tips for Pain-Free Gardening
Here are a few more practical tips to help you avoid pain as you work in the garden this spring.
- Many tasks can be done either sitting or kneeling. Get a small stool to take to the garden with you. A kneeling mat is also a good tool to have.
- Think about where you put your tools in the garden shed. If your heavy equipment, such as the lawn mower, are in a place that requires you to twist and bend in order to get it out, could you rearrange the shed so that you have easier access to it?
- When mowing with the push mower, it is tempting, especially when backing up, to arch the back or twist to get the mower moving. Instead, focus on keeping your back straight, and push with your legs.
- When working with hand tools, be careful not to hold too tightly on to them. (This applies to tools of any kind—a tennis player and his racquet, a violinist and his bow, an artist and his brush, etc.) Remember, tension is not the same thing as strength. A study was done with professional tennis players. It was found that typically, on a scale of 1-10, they held their racquets at a 3 in terms of grip tension. Someone else should be able to easily remove your tool from your hand without a struggle. If you are holding your tool tighter than this, you are using excess tension.
- When pulling weeds, let your arms do the work. Be careful not to allow your head to be pulled backward as you pull the weeds. Think of your spine staying long, including your cervical spine (neck).
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