A Physical Therapist’s Guide to Gardening

By Western Berks on April 10th, 2018

A Physical Therapist’s Guide to Gardening

After a long winter many of us can’t wait to get into the garden! However, if you’ve spent the winter  hibernating indoors with limited physical activity, you may be at risk for injury as you head outside to tackle your spring “to-do” list. If you engage in physical activity without preparation for all the bending, twisting, reaching, and pulling that comes with yard work, you may potentially find yourself dealing with muscle aches; back, shoulder and knee strains; back disc bulge or herniation; or shoulder, elbow and knee pain.

Here are a few tips to avoid the pain:

  1. Call Western Berks Physical Therapy and schedule an evaluation to develop an exercise plan to help prepare you for yard and garden work.
  2. Start slow and stick to your exercise plan.
  3. Warm up by walking and stretching.
  4. Use tools to reduce risk and strain on your body while doing yard work.
  5. Drink water and stay hydrated.
  6. Take breaks to allow yourself rest even if you don’t feel tired or strained.
  7. Stop at the first sign of pain. Any persistent pain lasting more than 48 hours should be addressed by a physical therapist or other medical professional. It is more effective to treat new and recent injuries rather than those lingering for a few months.

Our Physical Therapists have many techniques to help teach you ways to modify activities with the goal of allowing you to continue enjoying all your favorite spring time activities while reducing your risk of pain. Call now for a free consultation!