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Yard Work Advice from a Physiotherapist

| June 12, 2013 | Reply

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Ready For Your Yard Work?

For some of us, gardens and flower beds are great.  For others, they are a necessary evil.  Whatever your botanic hard-wiring, here are a few things for you to think about.  A few simple stretches before you start your yard work then again at the end can go a long way to help prevent a sore back and shoulders the next day.

Tips From a Capilano Physiotherapist

If you find you are getting sore while you are raking up your lawn clippings take a break.  Move on to a different task for 20 minutes then come back to your raking.  By changing the repetitive motions of raking you are allowing those muscles to rest before you create an overuse injury. For those of you who have arthritic knees or hands you can find ergonomic tools to help relieve the discomfort of weeding.  For example a foam pad to kneel can relieve some of the pressure put on your knee caps and joint line while you weed.  Also a small stool to sit can take all the pressure off your knees.  Just be aware that your stool is not too tall.  The excessive flexion in your back can cause back pain.  You want your stool to be as low to the ground as possible so that you have minimal flexion in your back.  Arthritic hands can benefit from trowels and cultivators to help you loosen the weeds preventing the stress of the repetitive pinching motion that comes with weeding.  If you find you are still in pain after doing some yard work call 780-466-1104 to book and appointment with your favourite Capilano Rehab Physical Therapist or Massage Therapist! 


Capilano Rehab Centre | Physical Therapy Capilano physical therapists have provided state-of-the-art physical therapy, sports physiotherapy, back pain, WCB, accident, whiplash and injury rehab to clients in Edmonton for over 10 years.

5832 Terrace Rd Edmonton, AB. T6A 3Y8

(780) 466-1104


Category: Active Living, Healthy Living, Uncategorized

About the Author ()

I am Capilano Rehab Centre’s Community Care Coordinator. I have been with Capilano Rehab for 9 years primarily as a Physio Assistant, but also as a Receptionist. I have a Physical Education Degree from the University of Alberta, which I will eventually use when my two young children are grown up. In the mean time I am enjoying helping people in the Community through my role as Community Care Coordinator and bringing awareness to how a Physiotherapist can help you get back to the activities you love the most!

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