We are flying through the summer months, and while we are now just a few days into the month of August, there is still plenty of gorgeous weather left to take advantage of. Many of us have spent time around the house beautifying our properties, spending painstaking hours in the garden and on the lawn making sure that our homes look great in every way. In an effort to improve the aesthetic appeal of our homes with flowers, plants, and other landscaping elements, we often feel the pain and discomfort later in the evening once are trying to recover.
One aspect of gardening and the maintenance of our home’s landscape that can present many musculoskeletal problems is pulling weeds. When we plant a garden, there is always the unfortunate reality of weeds that pop up left and right and absorb nutrients that rightfully belong to our beloved plants. Many who create gardens on their property find that pesky weeds need to be removed at least twice a week, with weeds growing more frequently in some areas of the country.
In order to remove weeds from our garden, we often have to bend down, exert lots of energy and pull weeds directly out of the ground. The motions required for pulling weeds can often lead to lower back pain, knee pain, ankle instability, and many more musculoskeletal problems that can ultimately worsen and lead to more serious conditions.
In order to avoid the musculoskeletal problems that come about as a result of pulling weeds, there are certain things that we can focus on. Mainly, we need to remember that when we are bending over to pull weeds out of the ground, we need to bend at the knees not at the back. This allows us to form the support that we need for our bodies and not place all of the stress on our lower back.
There are many things that we need to be mindful of when gardening, but the process of pulling weeds can present many threats to our musculoskeletal health that can keep us from doing the things we love all summer. Remember to take breaks, use a knee support pad and of course stay plenty hydrated. And do not forget the sunscreen – even a small amount of time in the sun can be harmful due to UV rays.
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