Gardening is a great way to stay active and have fun in the sun. But many Ontarians sustain injuries that could easily have been prevented with a little know-how.
Stretch before you start: Start with a brisk walk, and then do some light stretching.
Use the right tools: Choose the proper, ergonomically designed tool for the job.
Choose the right shoes: Wear shoes with good support, thick soles and the proper fit.
Cover up: Wear gardening gloves, a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen.
Take frequent breaks: Fatigue can increase your risk of injury.
Drink plenty of fluids: Water and juice are ideal refreshments.
Bend Your Knees to Lift With Ease: Get close to the load Before lifting something heavy, position yourself close to the object. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, head up, with your feet and body pointing in the same direction. Knees bent back straight Check the weight of what you’re lifting. Use your leg and arm muscles to smoothly and slowly lift the load.
Pivot with your feet — don’t twist your body while carrying the load. Easy does it Bend your knees and slowly lower the load to its intended place.
Don’t forget Do not lift heavy objects above your waist and avoid heavy lifting immediately after prolonged bending or kneeling.
Many hands make light work Get some help with the heavy and awkward loads. Stand on something solid and slowly lift the load, keeping it close to your body, and pass the load to your helper.
Dr. Shin graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2008 with a 4-year Doctor of Chiropractic degree. He earned his Bachelor of Science with Honours in the Life Sciences and Bachelor of Education degree from Queen’s University in 2002 and 2003. He is currently in private practice at KIROMEDICA Health Centre a multidisciplinary clinic located in Toronto. Dr. Shin has been in private practice in the Toronto area since graduation and makes this his home.
His area of specialty focuses on spinal health along with physical medicine & rehabilitation.