Gardening Injuries – Kneeling

Gardeners are prone to injuring the knees during repetitive kneeling and standing, but also from staying on one’s knees for a period of time while planting or weeding. A soft foam pad under the knees can help to take the pressure off. Take breaks to stand up and walk around, and the following day if the pain in your knees persists, come in for a good neuromuscular massage. Don’t live in pain or allow pain to persist.

Gardening Injuries – Reaching

Hedge clipping and trimming can involve reaching which can strain or injure muscles in the shoulders. Especially after a long winter without use, muscles in the shoulder and upper back may need conditioning before trimming or reaching for extended periods of time. If you incur a reaching injury, come in for a good neuromuscular massage. Don’t live in pain, a neuromuscular massage can loosen those muscles.

A Day to Remember

June 7th is National Cancer Survivors Day.

Gardening Injuries – Twisting

One of the most common times to incur a twisting injury during gardening is while kneeling and twisting and reaching for plants or garden tools. Rather than remain kneeling, stand up to retrieve out-of-reach objects. Not only will standing relieve your knees from the pressure of kneeling, you will be far less likely to twist and cause an injury to your back, neck or shoulders. If, after a good day of gardening, you still have aches and pains, come in for a good neuromuscular massage to relieve the pain and restore your range of motion.

Gardening Injuries – Lifting

Lifting improperly can cause strains and injury to the back muscles. If you are planting, keep the plants close to you so that you do not reach out very far before you lift the plant. This will help avoid simple strains. If you are planting trees or something heavier, use your legs to help lift. And if, after a day of planting, you still have aches and pains, come in for a good neuromuscular massage to relieve the aches and pains.

Gardening Injuries – Bending

Gardening Injuries
With the summer upon us shortly, most of us like to give our gardens a good tidying, and without realizing it, can stretch and strain our knees, backs and shoulders. Don’t end up with gardeners’ back, weeders’ wrist or pruners’ neck. Here are a few tips for avoiding and remedying gardening aches and pains:

Digging, raking and weeding can cause repetitive strain and overuse injuries to the back muscles. Taking regular breaks can help prevent repetitive movement injuries. If, however, you still feel back pain after gardening, come in for a good neuromuscular massage to loosen the muscles in your back.

Tennis Players, Do You Have Pain in Your Elbow?

Tennis elbow results from an inflammation of the tendon on the outside of the elbow.

Neuromuscular massage can loosen the overused muscles in the forearm and upper arm to ease the pain.

Ease the pain in your elbow before you play your next match.

Fly Fishermen (and Women) Do You Have Pain in Your Thumb?

Inflammation of the tendon that runs down the forearm, through the wrist to the thumb is common because of the way fly fishing gear is used.

Neuromuscular massage can help loosen the over-used muscles that trap the tendons and nerves within a small space causing the pain.

Before you cast again, put your thumb pain to rest.

Late Spring Snows Can Be a Pain in Your Back

Once the temperature warms up, spring snowfalls can be heavily saturated with water so even a light snowfall may be heavier than a mid-winter snow.

Take care not to fill the shovel all the way as it may be much heavier to lift than you expect.
Unexpected weight matched with too little lift can cause sudden contraction of unprepared back muscles which causes strain.

Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

Most people with plantar fasciitis experience pain when taking their first steps after being still for a long time, such as first thing in the morning, or after sitting for extended periods.

The pain and stiffness tends to lessen after a few steps.

The pain tends to be the most intense when climbing stairs after standing for a long time.
Some people describe the pain as a sharp pain in the heel, while others describe it as a burning pain or an ache extending outward from the heel.