Backache

Updated 30 June 2014

From back garden to back pain

Before you give in to planting mania this summer, take a few minutes to consider your back. Pulling weeds, raking a lawn or digging a hole can strain the back in painful ways.

Before you give in to planting mania this summer, take a few minutes to consider your back. Pulling weeds, raking a lawn or digging a hole can strain the back in painful ways. Frequent squatting and kneeling can also do harm. In fact, any movement that requires lifting, twisting or turning – carrying bags of soil or fertiliser – can injure back muscles.

Take action: Avoid squatting and bending as much as possible. Instead of bending over to work in the garden, kneel on a soft cushion. Use a wheelbarrow for hauling heavy objects. But most importantly, strengthen your stomach muscles. Here are specific exercises that you can do.

Visit our Back Centre for more on back care.

 

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Susan qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1990, and completed her master’s degree in Physiotherapy in 2013 at the University of Pretoria. She has a special interest in human biomechanics, as well as the interaction between domestic and work-related ergonomics. Read more here.

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