Therapy Tips: Healthy Gardening
Don’t let pain or mobility limitations stop you from creating a garden that you can enjoy.
By: Ila Suplizio, PT, DPT, MFDc
Gardening can be an enjoyable way to get some great exercise, enjoy the sunshine, and joy the rewards of beautiful flowers and healthy produce.
At Family Physical Therapy, we treat individuals of all ages, from infants who need a little help with reaching their developmental milestones, to athletes trying to improve their performance, to patients who have recently had surgery. We commonly see members of our community who just need a little help strengthening and modifying activity so that they can perform their hobbies without pain.
Family Physical Therapy's aide, AJ Coronado's pets getting ready to help their humans plant a garden
Now that the rain is starting to slow down and we are able to enjoy more sunny days, many people are starting to plant their spring and summer gardens. This is a great time of year to plant beautiful flowers, and delicious summer veggies! If pain is getting in the way of enjoying a gardening hobby, or getting that necessary yardwork done, consider seeing a physical therapist.
Kamran J. (Age 5) enjoying some gardening with his auntie, Ila Suplizio, PT, DPT
You don’t have to work through the pain! Many people feel their back pain is “normal,” but often receiving a few physical therapy suggestions regarding body mechanics, posture, and exercises can relieve your aches and pains.
The American Physical Therapy Association and The American Occupational Therapy Association have some great recommendations for minimizing your risk of pain and injury!
Don’t overdo it. Be mindful of how your body feels. If you experience an aching back or neck, then slow down and stretch or stop and switch to a different task.