Growing pains?: How to stop yourself getting injured while gardening – The Gua…

Bending to dig, twisting to prune and carrying heavy loads can all mean gardeners end up with unnecessary aches. Here are some expert tips to keep you healthy as your garden blooms One of the reasons gardening is such good exercise is that the sheer joy of it disguises how hard you’re working, so you end up exerting yourself more than you would at the gym. Scientific studies demonstrate this – not that I need proof. When I manage to steal a moment to prune a tangle of triffids, I have trouble stopping. Before I know it, I’ve been waving a chainsaw aloft on a pole for four hours. The only downside is that the endless yanking, pushing, lifting and bending can lead to, or exacerbate, aches and pains. NHS Digital figures for 2020-21 (AKA the great lockdown gardening and DIY boom) record 12,355 admissions to hospital in England with injuries related to “overexertion and strenuous or repetitive movements”. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Madeline Hooper, a retired PR executive who lives in the Hudson Valley north of New York, reached a point where she could no longer ignore her sore neck. “I love gardening,” she says,…

Strains and Pains: The Pitfalls of Overwork and Over-Exercise

The different day, while I doing the laundry, I felt a pointy ache in my returned after accomplishing all the way down to choose up a few shirts and socks that fell from clothesline. I had to forestall doing the laundry for the reason that every time I tried to bend, the could ache shoot up again. It was clean that the ache cam from a strained decrease again. While I became still capable of flow round, I simply could not bend to select up things. Aside from the pain in my lumbar place, I additionally felt pain whenever I reach for a can of corned red meat from the cabinet. Wasting no greater time, I went to look my health practitioner so that I could have a proper physical examination. After describing to him what passed off and a brief psycho-motor check, the physician knowledgeable me that the ache that I felt changed into no longer that serious. He explained that what I actually experienced changed into a muscle spasm or muscle strain. The doctor additionally cautioned me to take it smooth with my every day physical sports. To lessen muscular anxiety, he gave me a prescription for paracetamol,…

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