Gardeners Back Pain – As the weather improves and spring finally approaches our thoughts can turn to spending time doing some jobs in the garden. As with any physical activity that we do not do regularly but suddenly commence, there is a risk of injury. A particular problem area after gardening can be the low back, as much of the activities can involve bending, reaching and twisting. Time can often fly when we are absorbed doing things, so it can be a good idea to limit yourself to short periods of activity, broken up with breaks. A few simple stretches may assist to reduce aches afterwards – see below – but of course do not hesitate to contact your GP or us directly if things are severe or persistent.
Simple Low Back Pain – Avoiding prolonged sitting, twisting and bending forward along with the application of a hot pack will help.
Treatment for Back Pain
Most of us will have back pain at some point in our lives. Although painful, back pain isn’t serious in most cases. However, back pain can interfere with our lives, it can slow us down and stops us doing what we want when it strikes.
In general, for gardeners back pain, the best treatment is to stay active, in most cases back pain resolves in a few days. If your back pain persists however, a combination of pain relief, exercises therapy and manual therapy can really make a difference.
Evidence suggests that physiotherapy in the form of manual therapy to free the stiff joints in the back and a specific exercise programme to maintain this movement and strengthen the muscles around the spine is effective in the treatment of back pain.
When back injury occurs, normal muscle function goes awry. Regardless of the type or cause of injury, muscles become lazy or switched off in response to pain associated with that injury.
Importantly, our deep postural muscles stay turned off even after the initial injury has recovered. This leaves the joints in the back without ongoing support and protection from a recent injury.