By Lisa Klaus, D.C., Faculty Clinician, Palmer Chiropractic Clinics
Spring is a welcomed season after a long winter. After months of shoveling snow, we now prepare for spring yard work. Even if you enjoy preparing lawns and garden beds, spring cleaning may present opportunities for injury. Most often these injuries are neck and lower-back strain and shoulder pain.
The “winter body” is not always ready to be a weekend warrior when that first beautiful weather finally shows up. The bending and lifting of mulch or rock, the pulling to start a mower, or even pushing a heavy wheelbarrow can easily injure you if you’re unprepared.
As with any activity that you haven’t done in a while, the likelihood of injuries, strains, or muscle soreness increases. To prevent unnecessary pain while doing yardwork, here are some tips:
During a chiropractic appointment, your doctor may also discuss a treatment plan or provide information and activities that help you feel better faster, such as strengthening or stretching exercises, food and nutritional recommendations, lifestyle suggestions or other posture improvement suggestions.
Whether you’re looking forward to getting your garden started or embark on a new fitness plan, chiropractors at Palmer Chiropractic Clinics are happy to help you feel your best to enjoy the warmer weather all summer long.
The Palmer Chiropractic Clinics provide safe, effective, affordable chiropractic care to approximately 170,000 patients each year. Learn more or find contact information to make an appointment at palmer.edu/clinics.