With the coming months the perfect time to get gardening, we should all be aware of the potential damage we can do to our backs.
Weeding the flower beds, trimming the hedges, mowing the lawns and planting the borders are popular pastimes, especially in the summer, however, often, gardening can lead to tension and backache.
Bosch, which has created various gardening products that have been awarded the seal of approval by the AGR (Campaign for Healthier Backs), has offered its advice on dealing with the effects of gardening.
For those seeking relief for their back, the Campaign for Healthier Backs advises:
- Do not carry heavy loads: If possible, break heavy weights down and use an implement, such as a wheelbarrow.
- Bending correctly: Keep your back upright and bend at your knees, which relieves the strain on your back.
- Straight back: Make sure you keep your back straight, whatever you are doing. A permanently bent posture is one of the main causes for tension and backache.