Cultivate health – – Acupuncture eases the strains and sprains of gardening!
You’ve been aching to get at your yard and garden…and now so is your back! More than 80 percent of our population will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. When you consider 40 million households in the U.S. actively tend a garden, that’s a lot of sore backs.
When gardening, about 80 to 90 percent of the movement is in a bent position which is unnatural on the body and, when prolonged, can lead to lower-back pain. Repetitive bending, reaching, twisting, and lifting – all actions common to gardening, and even light digging, planting, weeding, and mulching over the course of a long gardening season – tend to put the lower-lumbar area of the back at risk.
Back pain is one of the most common reasons why people see their doctor — and their acupuncturist! Acupuncture can effectively help acute and chronic back pain and many other pain related issues naturally. Back pain limits range of motion and complicates daily activities.
Planted the potatoes and now you’re feeling the burn? Some back pain is accompanied by tingling and burning and acupuncture treatments work very well for those conditions as well.
Working in the garden is a wonderful way to get some exercise, grow your own food and flowers, enjoy nature, and nourish your inner self.
Let acupuncture ease your aches and pains so you can get back out there — pain free!
Here’s some more advice to take good care of your back during the gardening season.
- To prevent overstretching your back, warm up before you start. Try taking a walk around the block, to loosen up your limbs, or a hot shower.
- Even when you’re warmed up, it’s still possible to injure your back. Repetitive motions and lifting heavy objects improperly are definitely risky garden business for backs. Don’t bend and twist when lifting something heavy!
- Try switching tasks every 15 minutes, and use knee pads when pulling weeds and planting. Lift with your legs and keep your back straight.
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