Back Pain

Updated 25 January 2017

Getting back to the garden

Time to give your garden a makeover? Take a few minutes to consider your back.

It's time to give your garden a long-overdue makeover. But before you give in to planting mania, take a few minutes to consider your back.

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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. Avoid squatting and bending as much as possible. Instead, kneel on a soft cushion. Use a wheelbarrow for hauling heavy objects. But most importantly, do exercises that will strengthen your stomach muscles.


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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.

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