LIFTING HEAVY LOADS ?Open or Close
…this is the biggest cause of back injuries in the garden, (be it a small plant or heavy bag), so always lift with bent knees, keeping your back straight subsequently reducing the amount of strain through your back & neck
• Move your compost, plants & wood chipping one at a time & make 2 or 3 trips, rather than risk carrying one heavy load & causing an injury.
MAKE USE OF THE WHEEL BARROW…Open or Close
That old adage, "bend from the hips and knees, not the back" comes in especially handy here
This is because when you straighten up, you will have leverage power to use that can save your back muscles from strain & injury.
KNEEL WHEN WEEDINGOpen or Close
SWAP ACTIVITIES REGULARLYOpen or Close
Varying your activity in the garden; why spend hours just digging or cutting the hedge
• There are plenty of different jobs that need to be done from mowing the lawn to pruning
• Let your muscles rest & recover by limiting each activity to 30 minutes before having a quick break or moving onto something different.
LITTLE & OFTENOpen or Close
Why do too much in one day?
• Your body, may not, be used to lifting & the types of activities associated, with gardening
• If you suddenly start gardening everyday after a long winter of inactivity your body is bound to pick up an injury, you wouldn't start running everyday, if you aren't used to it!
• Doing small amounts several times a week will hugely reduce your likelihood of injury, don't launch yourself into the flower beds & rockeries all at once over a bank holiday weekend
POST-GARDENINGOpen or Close
• If you feel stiff in the evening or the day after, applying an ice pack for 10 minutes can help reduce inflammation in the muscles & surrounding tissues.
GARDENING IS VERY GOODOpen or Close
Don't let possible pains deter you from gardening completely.
Practised wisely it has huge health benefits;
• studies have suggested that around half an hour of gardening a day, will reduce blood pressure & cholesterol levels • whilst also aiding psycho-emotional health.
TIME FOR TREATMENT ?Open or Close
'he is committed to his patients and his goal is to address issues as quickly as possible'
David will explain to you what treatment you'll need, how to speed up your recovery & when you can return to your regular activities & sports.
He may prescribe special exercises together with treatment to increase your joint mobility & performance.
Together with stretching your muscle groups accordingly, strengthening weak muscles, to restore muscle balance.
‘I am now walking and living pain free for the first time in 3 years’
In regard to pain, David takes a thorough history with consultation, guiding his examination. This determines for any individual the quality, duration & origin of this condition, how it uniquely affects you & how best to provide treatment.