April Showers Bring May Flowers!May 1, 2014 • By John Olsen
Many of us will be seeing the “fruit” of our labor as new flowers and vegetables appear in our gardens. We might also feel the fruit of our labor in our bodies. Having back pain or joint pain can get in the way of enjoying this time of year. It may be that you are new to gardening or have had your green thumb for a while. Either way, it is important to take care of yourself so you can better care for your plants.
Before a day in the garden, try the following warm ups to help prepare your body for the work it’s about to do:
- While sitting, prop your heel on a stool or step. Keeping the knees straight, lean forward until you feel a stretch in the back of the thigh. Hold this position for 15 seconds. Repeat with the other leg.
- Stand up, balance yourself, and grab the front of your ankle from behind. Pull your heel towards you buttocks and hold for 15 seconds. Repeat with the other leg.
- While standing, weave your fingers together above your head with your palms up. Lean to one side for 10 seconds and then to the other. Repeat 3 times.
If you are already feeling the aches and pains of working outdoors, there are ways to alleviate discomfort. Apply an ice pack on the area of pain for the first 48 hours or apply a heat pack after 48 hours. Then consider scheduling an appointment with us!
We want you to feel your best this May so you can enjoy your garden and stop to smell the flowers.