Safe Gardening in Spring

posted Oct 23, 2012, 5:53 PM by LASP Team

It is now spring and that means warm weather, longer days and hours spent in the garden pottering about. Gardening is a wonderfully rewarding pastime but to ensure that you are able to continue to enjoy it you need to be aware of the risks of injury in our own backyards and how to avoid them.

Gardening can be extremely demanding on our bodies.  Injuries can occur when we put too much strain through our back by not using safe techniques. This can happen by lifting objects that are too heavy or too big, lifting repetitively or staying in one position for too long.

To help minimise the risk of sustaining a back injury with gardening it is important to remember a few key safe manual handling ideas:

  • Keep fit and active
  • Change position regularly
  • Take regular breaks from repetitive tasks
  • Avoid bending and twisting when you are holding heavy objects
  • Keep objects close to your body when you are moving them
  • Keep your feet shoulder width apart in a strong stance
  • Bend your knees and maintain the position of your back when you lift.

        

Don’t forget to wear appropriate clothing when you are outside in your garden and ensure you drink lots of water to prevent dehydration.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our Physiotherapists on (02) 4647 3373.

Happy & safe gardening!

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