May is National Physiotherapy Month!! - Physiotherapy for Gardeners
Now that May long weekend is almost here and the snow has melted (finally!), we can officially start planting and tending to our gardens. Unfortunately, on occasion we can experience injury as a result of gardening.
With repetitive bending to reach over and plant, back injury can ensue. A back injury can be a real set back when it comes to gardening. In order to prevent injury, follow these simple useful tips:
1. Gentle warm up prior to activity. Some gentle back bends and trunk rotation stretches can warm up muscles so that they are “ready” for the activity. Take 2-3 minutes of slowly flexing, extending and rotating your trunk while seated or standing in order to warm up.
2. Use of a kneeling pad is a great way to both protect the knees on the hard ground and also enable you to be lower to the ground to protect your back with flexing. You can find kneeling pads at most home hardware and gardening lo...
Research published last month has confirmed what physiotherapists already know - that the best way to treat most low back pain is to exercise and keep moving.
At some point in their life, over 80% of people will experience an episode of low back pain. This is contrary to most peoples’ belief that bed rest and pain medication are the best treatments. The research demonstrates that with correct exercise and continued pain-free activity, most episodes of back pain will resolve in a few weeks. If your back pain has developed from a fall or serious traumatic event, then you must be medically assessed prior to exercising in order to rule out more serious pathology.
Of particular note in regards to treating back pain, is that costly diagnostic imaging tests such as X-rays and MRI’s are not usually necessary for determining treatment of low back pain.
If you have questions regarding your low back pain, be sure to visit your local physiotherapist to be assess...