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Back Saving Tips for the Upcoming Gardening Season
Mon 27 Mar 17 - Dr. Dean Tapak, BHK (Hons), DC
 
Plant and Rake without the Ache:
  • Alternate Heavy. Light. Heavy. Light.That’s the right way to handle those chores. 
  • Change hands. Take the strain off by changing the position of your hands. 
  • Check your position and change it often. Kneel, then stand. Or simply sit and relax for a while. 
  • Lift right Make sure your back is straight, and always bend your knees. Carry the load close to your body, and avoid heavy lifting immediately after bending or kneeling. 
  • Rake right Ease the strain on your back by putting one leg in front, the other behind. Switch legs and hands from time to time. 
  • Kneel to plant Use knee pads or a kneeling mat to reduce the strain while you plant and weed. Keep your back straight and take breaks frequently.
(compliments of the OCA)


Dr. Dean Tapak, BHK (Hons), DC
Performance Health
 
Why You Should (Not) 'Sleep it Off'....
Fri 10 Jun 16 - Admin Admin
Previous injuries, lack of exercise, obesity, and existing chronic conditions increase the risk of injury. Pain may range from mild to severe. Many people assume a good night’s sleep will cure the problem, but pain often worsens upon rising the next morning. When the body is 'pushed past its limit', an injury occurs, and physical therapy is needed.

Physical therapy plays a significant role in identifying a baseline level of conditioning, and improving it over time. Physical therapists use an arsenal of techniques including skilled manual therapy, carefully selected strengthening exercises, joint stabilization methods and more to prevent, and help in recovery after an injury.

During the initial evaluation, a therapist will determine your goals and ask questions such as "How much time do you spend gardening?", "What is your favorite outdoor activity and when was the last time you engaged in that activity?" and more. Valuable information is gathered, which allows the therapist to build a customized plan tailored to the needs of the patient. With years of extensive training in anatomy and movement, the therapist will not only recognize your limit but also assist you in gently (and progressively) push your body to reach its limit, under careful supervision. It is a well known scientific fact that this increases your physical capabilities over time.
 
How to Enjoy Outdoor Activities. Without Back Pain
Fri 10 Jun 16 - Admin Admin
Outdoor activities like gardening are a healthy and enjoyable way to live an active lifestyle. When the weather is nice, the outdoors are hard to resist. However, a lack of warm up and stretching can lead to aches and pains, even injuries.

A reduction in activity during winter leads to a decrease in physical conditioning. As a result, people tend to overestimate their physical abilities (and limits). Pain from gardening in the lower back, and aches in the shoulders, neck, knees and joints from cleaning the garage, or from other outdoor activities are common.

When the body engages in a strenuous activity, combined with uncomfortable and awkward positions, it responds with pain and sometimes, injury.  As physical therapists, we work with many individuals who experience strains and overuse injuries. The most common cause is an insufficient warm-up and the absence of a stretching routine.

Yard work is another example. Awkward (and unfamiliar) body positions during mowing, trimming, seeding and raking are uncomfortable for the body. When performed over an extended period, a chronic, painful condition can emerge.
 
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