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Chiropractors Issue Warning About Gardening Injuries

Gardening may send you to the office of your local doctor of chiropractic if you aren’t careful. Improperly using lawn equipment, such as leaf blowers and lawn mowers, can result in back and neck pain, as well as more serious muscular strains and tears.

To help ensure a safe and productive day in the yard utilize the following tips:

  • Use equipment straps by placing it over the shoulder on the opposite side of your body from the device,
  • Switch the side on which you are operating the equipment as often as possible,
  • Take regular breaks from the activity of the day,
  • When picking up or putting down your equipment, be sure to bend from the knees, not at the waist.

Be sure to include a warm-up/cool-down period that involves stretching to help avoid injury.

Source: American Chiropractic Association