The Therapy Corner


Gardening Tips

It’s the time of year that the trees began to fill with leaves and everything brown is transformed to into a vibrant color pattern.  Not only do we begin to have beautiful colors that come about but we also began to create things with the gardening and planting of fruits and vegetables.  Here are a few tips to keep you moving safely and effectively while you do so.

  • Bend with your knees to pick up items off the ground. Use a step stool for assistance if needed.
  • Use a small step stool or chair to sit on while gardening so that you don’t have to get on down on your knees. Amazon and Wayfair also offer seating devices that can be used to sit on.
  • If getting down on your knees then, use a stool or chair to assist you going down and then use a kneeling(cushioned) pad for comfort.
  • Garden when someone (a neighbor or loved one) is around to assist you in getting up from the ground.  If no one is available then, call a friend to let them know to check on you in about 30-60 min.
  • Use a planter box or a raised bed to limit the amount of bending that is necessary.
  • After being in 1 position for too long (more than 5-7 min) get up and walk around. This will keep your muscles from tightening up and spasming. 
  • Stretch after gardening like you would after working out.  Scan the QR code below for stretching ideas or email us your questions @ ahphysicaltherapy@gmail.com
  • Try to do your gardening in short sessions.  Garden for a maximum of 15-20 mins at even giving time.  Take a break and find a seat with a back and head rest and get something to drink.
  • Stay hydrated and keep on a hat to keep the sun off you and keep your body temperature regulated.
  • Use tools that have an extended end on it so that you can reach with less bending.
  • Get the kids, grandkids, neighbors over to help you in planting your gardening. Its s great way to spend quality time together getting to know each other.

I hope these tips help you out as you spend more time enjoying the outdoors.

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About the author 

Anointed Hands Physical Therapy and Wellness

Jameka has focused her 18+ years of experience treating pediatrics, geriatrics, and athletes to become a well-rounded Physical Therapist. She is certified in Dry Needling, Myofascial Release, Pilates Mat and Equipment, Functional Movement and Taping, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilizations, and Cupping. Her patients are like family to her and she is dedicated to helping people improve function without unneeded surgeries or steroid injections!

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