Northeast Wisconsin
  • Northeast Wisconsin
  • April 2015
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Grow your garden pain-free

The days are getting longer; soon spring will be in full swing and it will be time to work on your yard and plant your garden. Gardening can be a relaxing and enjoyable form of exercise — but if done improperly it can result in injuries.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. in 2010 more than 41,000 Americans injured themselves while gardening and more than 127,000 were injured while operating a lawn mower. While gardening and yard work are excellent forms of exercise, after a long winter of inactivity people tend to do too much, too soon.

It is very important to have a warm-up and cool-down routine while gardening. Take frequent breaks, drink plenty of water and protect yourself from the sun. Alternate sides when using equipment as often as possible to balance muscle usage, and change your stance and motion frequently.

When lifting, take your time and lift with your legs rather than your back. Carry heavy objects as close your body as possible. And remember: It is very important to stretch your lower back, hamstrings, quadriceps and forearms before and after lifting or engaging in other gardening activities.

If you do experience any back or neck pain, stop what you are doing and use ice on the area injured. If the pain persists, see a chiropractor — they can help you recover faster and get back in your garden sooner.


Dr. Bradley P. Donnermeyer

Bradley Donnermeyer, D.C., is a board-certified chiropractor at Nussbaum Chiropractic. He enjoys working with the entire family to have a healthier lifestyle and become pain-free. He is also a certified medical examiner for DOT physicals. Nussbaum Chiropractic, 873 N. Casaloma Drive in Appleton. Call 920-734-2400 to get started on a better path to health!

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