Gardening And Massage Go Hand In Hand
Gardening is a true labour of love. Mulching, digging, planting, pruning…it is akin to a full body workout! That is why gardening and massage therapy go hand in hand.
How Massage Therapy Can Help Gardeners
Massage Alleviates Muscular Soreness
All that bending, digging and weeding can stress the body. The low back, neck, shoulders and hands are particularly prone to overuse and stress from gardening.
Your Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) will assess and treat your muscular aches and pains so you can return to the activities you enjoy.
Massage Helps Restore Function to Joints
Sometimes being in awkward positions, such as habitual bending, can stress not only your muscles but the joints as well. Massage therapy can help restore normal joint functioning and reduce joint pain.
Massage also helps manage the symptoms of arthritis and other joint disorders that may become aggravated by gardening.
Massage Is Natural….Just Like Your Garden!
Unlike over the counter drugs or prescription medications, massage therapy can help you manage your pain naturally.
Most people find massage very restorative and relaxing. They leave their session feeling refreshed and ready to take on the rest of their day.
Other Tips to Make Gardening Pain Free
Warm Up – If you are prone to aches and pains after gardening, especially if you suffer from arthritis, you will benefit from a gentle warm up before heading out to the garden. This can be as simple as taking a 10-15 minute walk.
Reduce Stress on Smaller, More Fragile Joints – When you do any sort of heavy lifting, ensure your movements are coming from your legs as opposed to your back.
Do not twist your back while carrying heavy objects. Instead move your feet so your hips and torso face the direction you want to place the object. Rotating injuries are common and can be easily avoided.
Reduce Bending With a Raised Garden – There are various forms of raised gardening including the use of large pots. Raising your garden will dramatically decrease the amount of bending you do. This in turn will decrease the stress on virtually every joint in your body.
Get Tools With the Right Fit – When shopping for gardening tools ensure you choose ones that are ergonomically designed. Test them for ease of use before you purchase them. Ensure you are able to hold the tool comfortably and that its moving parts move with relative ease. If you are shopping for a tool that you will use while standing, such as a shovel, ensure its height is optimal to prevent unnecessary bending. This may mean purchasing a number of shovels if there is a significant height difference between yourself and your spouse.
Reduce Stress on Your Knees -Kneeling on hard surfaces can be very stressful on one’s knees. The use of a kneeling board can add needed cushioning between your knees and the ground.
Break It Up – The body does not like to be in one position for too long. Alternate between standing tasks and bending tasks so you are not bending for long periods at once. For example, alternate between 15 minute of raking and 15 minutes of weeding until each task is complete.
Cool Down – Just like athletes after a sport or a workout, gardeners can benefit from some gentle stretching to cool down after all their hard work in the garden. Do talk to your healthcare provider if you are unsure of stretches that are safe for you.
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Last updated Feb. 29, 2016