As summer gives way to autumn, it’s time for gardeners to focus on the end of season chores; pruning, clearing up and winding down for winter.
Shrewsbury Chiropractic Clinic has some good advice for autumn gardeners.
– Gardening is like any other exercise; you need to warm up first. Don’t go straight into heavy garden work; start off with lighter jobs as this will lessen the chance of muscle strain.
– Don’t wear clothes that are tight or could constrict your movement.
-Get as close as possible to the things you are pruning and avoid overstretching to reach the area you are dealing with.
-When using a ladder or steps, make sure you are always facing them, keeping your shoulders, hips and knees pointing in the same direction and move them regularly to keep up with where you are.
– Any kind of ladder must be firmly and safely planted in position and, if possible, have someone else there to keep an eye on things.
– Invest in some long handled secateurs to reach plants and bushes that are beyond normal reach.
Take a break
– Vary your activity by spending no more than 20-30 minutes on any one thing and make sure you take regular breaks.
For any further advice, or if you would like to book a FREE 10 minute SPINAL ASSESSMENT, please call Shrewsbury Chiropractic Clinic on (01743) 231600.