Summer is quickly approaching, which means that it’s almost time to get out and enjoy the sun. It also means that it is the season of yard work and best of all, gardening. We here at Progressive Health & Rehab want to make sure that you can tend your lawns, gardens, and vegetable patches without aggravating your back.

  • It’s all about the preparation! Make sure that before you start any kind of yard work that you take some time to stretch and warm up your muscles to prepare for activity.
  • Plant your garden in elevated containers or beds–that way you can limit the amount of bending and kneeling you’ll have to do.
  • Try to avoid doing the same task in the same position for extended periods of time as it can lead to muscle and joint pain or even repetitive-motion injuries.
  • If mowing your grass, do so when it is dry. Wet grass is significantly more difficult to push a mower through. Also, just as with lifting heavy objects, don’t push the mower with your back. Stay relaxed and use your legs. If you feel strain, take a break or come back to it another day.
  • Wear proper clothing. If using a power push mower, make sure to wear long pants and closed shoes to prevent any injury resulting from kicked up debris. It’s also important to protect yourself from harsh UV rays: wear sunblock and a wide-brimmed hat to protect your skin from burning.

Enjoy your summer, and happy planting! Be sure to come see us for a pain-free season in the sun.