Yardwork and gardening safety

  • Wear supportive shoes with good arch support to prevent muscle strain
  • Keep core engaged with every activity you do to support low back; stand as straight as possible
    and keep your head up when raking or mowing
  • Try to do yard chores in the morning (before 10am) or in the evening (after 6pm) to avoid the
    harsh sun
  • Bend at the knees, not at the back, to avoid back strain when picking up items from the ground
  • Be sure to switch the side on which you operate yard equipment as often as possible, and to
    balance the muscles being used, alternate your stance and motion frequently.
  • Try ergonomic tools when available as they are designed to protect your body
  • When mowing, push the mower with your whole body, rather than just your arms and back
  • Take frequent breaks from the activity to avoid muscle fatigue and strain; use this break to get some water or reapply sunscreen!

Bri Henggeler, DPT

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