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Taking It Slow with Yardwork

April 24, 2018

Spring has finally arrived!  Let the yardwork begin!

Mother and young daughter working together in the gardenWe are all anxious to get rid of the winter leftovers in our yards and begin to see the grass start to grow and green up.  That can be quite a job, depending on the size of your yard and the ratio of garden to grass.  Whatever the area, yardwork and gardening involve a lot of exercise.  Raking and getting the garden soil ready can be a workout for the shoulders and back.  Planting flowers and garden plants involve a lot of squatting, kneeling, bending, and reaching.  

As always, begin a little slowly and ease into the more strenuous activity in order to keep at it while the weather is nice.  Overdoing may set you back a few days!  Try stretching before and during the activity to give your body a position break; stand up once in a while if you are crouching or kneeling.  Use a garden mat when doing a lot of kneeling to help avoid knee problems. Before you know it, you will begin to see the fruits of your labor!  

Come and see us if you have pain that does not improve or suffer from a strain or sprain.  We are always here to help get you back to your activities.  No referral necessary.  Call 515-955-6767.   


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