Avoid Lower Back Pain Gardening

Listen in for some simple tips on how to bend over properly and avoid lower back pain and back injury while gardening.

Hi this is Dana Ranahan at Body Works Sports Physiotherapy and I’m here today to give you some tips on gardening once you get back at it. So first off we want to look at how you’re bending over.

So I have some nice little plants that I’m going to trim here and I want to watch how I’m bending over. So if I bend over with my back in a rounded position, really bad for the low back. So if you have to bend, be sure to stick your hips back, bend your knees so your back can stay more neutral and flat as you’re working. Even better is to have something to sit on like a stool or I have an egg carton here and you can work at a better height where the plants can be close to you and you don’t have to reach. Much better for your lower back.

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