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.
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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.
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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.
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Slow Down When You Eat

When you eat too fast, you do not begin to feel fullĀ  until after you have overeaten.

Drink a full glass of water before you begin eating.

Then spend 30 minutes eating slowly, tasting each bite.

People who eat slowly eat fewer calories during each meal, than those who rush.

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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:

Bending
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.
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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.
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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.
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Take Your Measurements

If the scale causes dismay, ignore it. Take 3 simple measurements: around your chest, the smallest portion of your waist, and around a thigh.

Write them down, and don’t look at them again for 30 days when you measure again.

A small mental note that you would like to be thinner and in better shape will help you make good choices between measurements.

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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.
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