Gardening can be a vigorous form of exercise that has the potential to wreak havoc on the joints of those who bend, kneel, haul, push, dig, and lift soil. With all this in mind, researchers recently analyzed gardeners' digging techniques. They found that some gardeners place more pressure on their joints , increasing the likelihood that they will endure lower back pain and shoulder injuries. After photographing and measuring the gardeners' movements from various angles, researchers proceeded to calculate the loads placed on their joints. They concluded that the technique that was easiest on joints involved bending the knees; keeping the back straight; and making small , controlled movements with a shovel. This is the technique also recommended by chiropractors.. As you plant new flowers this spring, pay attention to your posture and visit our office so you can spend more pain-free time in your garden this year. To schedule an appointment for chiropractic treatment, please call 860-621-2225, or visit us at 200 Queen st. Southington. We incorporate 20 different chiropractic techniques to help return your body to a state of proper function that we call "homeostasis."
P.S. Gardeners may benefit from chiropractic treatment as much as athletes and exercisers (who also have the potential to suffer pain and injury resulting from poor techniques and overexertion).