TIPS FOR ZEALOUS SPRING GARDENERS
April showers bring May flowers… as the poem goes.
April also brings out the weekend gardener speeding to mix the backyard soil with fertile agents before the hard un-diggable dirt of dry summer months. Weeding, tilling, planting, lugging hoses and carrying all kinds of heavy stuff tend to be the Saturday and Sunday routine of many Sun Oaks members. This “hard physical labor” usually occurs in-between workouts at the club and start-up tennis team practices.
Sun Oaks members need to remember to balance their gardening chores with the rest of their work and play activities. Furious flower bed repairs and time sensitive vegetable garden preparation involves the use of muscles and joints that have not been used in that specific way for some time! Even if you do workout regularly, the twisting and reaching to trim that farthest branch can result in soreness the next day.
For as long as I’ve had my physical therapy practice in Redding (March 1992 was our open house), I have dreaded Spring because so many of my patients flair themselves up by excessively gardening this time of year. “How’s your back today?” I ask my near-ready for discharge patient after his 2nd week of PT. “It felt great on Friday, but then my wife and I put in a new perimeter around the garden…” You know the rest of the story.
Back to basics for my back pain patient and for you, active Sun Oaks member.
G – Grab some water, lemonade or ice tea and plan on brief beverage breaks every 30-40 minutes.
A – Always position your feet within the same line as the movement of your body. Never twist.
R – Reach carefully. Reposition yourself rather than overstretch.
D – Discover products on the market aimed to ease strain, such as knee pads for prolonged kneeling.
E – Ensure lifting and carrying heavy objects is within your comfortable limit. Keep weights low!
N – Never bend at the waist. Promise yourself this one tip to ensure prevention of pain the next day.
At Cresswell Physical Therapy and Hand Rehabilitation we know that you want to stay active. Our philosophy is to keep you in the rhythm of your life. Where ever possible, we use your favorite sport, hobby, or activity as our therapeutic medium to help you heal. Rather than avoid activity, we encourage the right kind of activity for you to recover from injury and meet your goals.
Call us at our main office in downtown Redding and we can schedule you an appointment now. We have an office inside Sun Oaks and at 2449 Court Street. Most medical insurances are accepted. Call 244-7686 for more tips on keeping you active and healthy this Spring.