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Posted on 05-24-2018

Reduce Aches and Pains of Gardening with a Few Stretches Beforehand in Chicago, IL

Spring has finally arrived in Lincoln Square, which means the flowers need planting, the weeds need to be pulled and the grass needs to be mowed. Whether you consider gardening and yard work a chore or a pleasure, all of that bending reaching, pulling and twisting can wreak havoc on your body. To help make working outside an enjoyable experience and reduce the muscle pain that follows, it is important to prepare your body.

Woman suffering from back pain after yard work and gardening

Stretches to Help Prevent Muscle Pain

Before heading out to do your gardening and yard work in Lincoln Square and Ravenswood, doing a few stretches will help to loosen your muscles and reduce the aches and pains of bending and twisting.  Here are more tips on how to prevent muscle pain while gardening this spring.

  • Before doing any type of stretching exercises, it is important to take a few minutes to do some breathing exercises. Simply breathe in and out, slowly for about one minute.
  • While in a sitting position, stretch your legs out in front of you, with your knees straight and one heel propped up on a step or pillow. Lean forward until you can feel the stretching in the back of your thigh, hold the position for about 10-15 seconds and repeat with the other leg.
  • Stand straight with fingers laced together behind your head and the palms up. Lean to one side and hold the position for about 10 seconds, then switch to the other side. Repeat both sides about three times.
  • While standing up, grab the front of your ankle (from behind) and pull your heel towards your buttocks, holding this position for about 10-15 seconds and repeat with the other leg.

Feeling muscle aches and pains is common after a day of yard work, but there are some easy ways to alleviate the pain and discomfort. Applying a cold pack on the aching are for 24-48 hours will help to relieve the pain. It’s also beneficial to consider chiropractic care for relief of your aches and pains. Your chiropractor can recommend rehabilitative exercises as well as massage therapy.

Contact our Chicago Chiropractor Today

To schedule your consultation for relief of muscle aches and pains, contact Comprehensive Chiropractic and Wellness in Lincoln Square and Ravenswood.

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