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How To Prevent Low Back Pain When Gardening

Updated: Aug 2, 2023

Gardening can be a great way to get exercise and fresh air, but it can also be hard on your back. If you have back pain, there are a few things you can do to make gardening easier and less painful.

1. Warm up before you start gardening. Take a few minutes to do some light stretching. This will help to loosen up your muscles and prepare them for activity.

2. Use the right tools. Make sure you have the right tools for the job. For example, use a kneeling pad instead of bending over to weed, and use a wheelbarrow instead of carrying heavy pots by hand.

3. Lift with your legs, not your back. When you need to lift something heavy, bend your knees and lift with your legs, keeping your back straight.

4. Take breaks. Don't try to do too much at once. Take breaks every 20-30 minutes to stretch and rest your back.

5. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated, which will help to keep your muscles from getting stiff.

6. Wear comfortable clothing. Wear loose-fitting clothing that allows you to move freely.

7. See a doctor if your pain is severe.

If your back pain is severe or doesn't improve with these tips, come see us at Tennessee Back Pain Center! We love to help you get out of pain and back to gardening. Give us a call today at (615)-900-5187 or visit our website

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