Plant and Rake Without the Ache! (and a Giveaway too!)

More than four years ago I had a very tiny accident, but it changed my life forever.  I stopped to help a stranger in need and ironically the end result was that I was the one with a nagging rib and back injury, one that just wouldn’t go away.  After countless tests, therapies and treatments, I finally turned to a Chiropractor.  Now I can say for me, seeing a Chiropractor on a regular basis has improved my quality of living!  It’s taken a very long time, but I’m finally getting back to being the fun and active Mommy that I like to be.  Rollercoasters, volleyball games, playing on the beach and yes even creating a garden, are all back on my list of possibilities.  It’s so important to take care of yourself and your back! 

Now I don’t have a green thumb, but those that do have been hard at work over the last month kneeling, planting, lifting, twisting, seeding and weeding to ensure their gardens are ready to grow. As a result, chiropractors tend to see more back injuries from poor positioning and lifting during springtime gardening.   Did you know that improper gardening techniques can cause repetitive strain injuries of the wrist and elbow, and cause wear and tear on joints and muscles throughout the body? 

This is  why the Ontario Chiropractic Association is offering one lucky reader of How To Survive Life in the Suburbs a chance to win this fabulous  Plant and Rake Without the Ache Tool Kit!

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Valued at $100 this fabulous prize contains a garden tool bag filled with tools, a knee pad, water bottle and an assortment of seeds to help your garden grow!

Need tips on how to keep your back at it’s best?  Be sure to follow the Ontario Chiropractic Association on Facebook and Twitter. (pst you should really check them out because this will provide you extra entries for this giveaway!)

Read these Tips from the Experts and then enter using the Rafflecopter form below!

As part of the Plant and Rake Without the Ache education campaign, the Ontario Chiropractic Association has the following tips for gardeners to help avoid unnecessary backyard back injuries this spring:

· Warm Up – Gardening is hard work! Make sure you stretch your thighs, shoulders, sides, arms, back and hamstrings before you start to get the most out of your gardening.

· Alternate – Switch from heavy tasks to light ones, and change your hands and positions frequently.

· Lift Light and Right – Always bend with your knees and keep a straight back. Carry the load close to your body.

· Kneel to Plant – Knee pads or a kneeling mat can help to ease the strain on your back while you plant and weed your garden. Keep a straight back and stop when you need to have a break.

· Rake Right – Put one leg in front and another behind when you rake, and alternate on occasion to minimize the back strain

Remember these tips when you head outside today!  Please enter using the Rafflecopter form provided.  Contest is open to Ontario Residents only and closes August 9, 2013.

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Comments

  1. I love my chiropractor. My husband calls him the witch dr

  2. Darlene Schuller says:

    I actually ‘alternate’ a lot. Changing positioning and hands can make a huge difference.

  3. Oh I love my Chiropractor too even though he looks like he is in his teens he knows what he is doing. Great tips. B

  4. I usually use the “alternate” tip in gardening and cleaning the house.

  5. Kelly D says:

    I use a kneeling mat and kneel to Plant

  6. Victoria Ess says:

    I definitely ‘lift light and right’ when I’m hauling bags of fertilizer and top soil around my front/backyard.

  7. Courtney says:

    I try to alternate, makes everything feel better

  8. I take frequent stretch breaks

  9. Awesome therapy ! Works for me!!

  10. mrdisco says:

    I Kneel to Plant (don’t forget a thick cushioned mat or knee pads)

  11. I alternate frequently. It protects not only the back but overall body as well (from cramping, etc.).

  12. Glogirl says:

    I “Rake Right” to minimize back strain.

  13. BobbiJo Pentney says:

    I lift light and right.

  14. mongupp says:

    Lift light and right

  15. Megan Bailey Barnecutt says:

    I alternate – I used to kneel, but I’ve had 6 knee surgeries and there is no knee pad known to man that can protect my poor kneecaps (or what’s left!! lol!)

  16. Kneel to plant

  17. I usually kneel to plant and try to warm up before I start any major gardening project. To be honest this year I’m behind my plan for the garden 😉 this rainy-sold spring didn’t help either.

  18. Natalie Chizen says:

    I definitely kneel when gardening, and stretch out every ten minutes or so

  19. The tip I use is – I kneel to plant!

    Great little grab bag of goodies here (crossing my fingers to win).

    Wishing you a lovely day.
    xoxo

  20. Valerie Darsigny says:

    Put one leg in front and another behind when you rake, and alternate on occasion to minimize the back strain

  21. Shelley Lack says:

    I always kneel when planting or weeding. When digging a big hole, I stand up. But one thing I always do is wear gloves.

  22. I would love this..I need some new gardening items..mine are all worn out! thanks!

  23. Cindy B. says:

    Stretching before I garden saves me from the aches and pains.

  24. Suzie Gowers says:

    This is a great gift to win , thank you for the chance

  25. Chandra Christine O'Connor says:

    I always bend at the knees when lifting and when I weed I sit down lol.

  26. Kim Barrett says:

    Now, I’ll use all the tips! (I use most of them, but I never thought to warm up before!)

  27. Sabrina T says:

    Warming up is SO important, I learned that the hard way. My Dad’s garden was overgrown with morning glory so every morning I would dig and pull in the search for roots so that I could plant a garden for my wedding many moons ago. I’m much more careful now 🙂 good luck Ontario residents this would be great to win 🙂

  28. lisa Atfield says:

    I alternate between tasks

  29. Lisa Robertson says:

    Lots of stretching and breaks!

  30. I alternate positions and do stretches 🙂

  31. Sydney D says:

    I try to get up and stretch as much as possible and walk around so I’m not bending over too much.

  32. Sydney D says:

    Which is warm up^^ 🙂

  33. lisa rumolo says:

    I stretch before, during and after gardening

  34. Katharine W says:

    “Always bend with your knees and keep a straight back. Carry the load close to your body”. This works for picking up the kids too.

  35. Good advice Stephanie. The Mrs. has the green thumb here, but I do all the lifting and hauling so the tips are relevant for both of us.

  36. Bailey Dexter says:

    I garden throughout the day, taking breaks in between.

  37. Carol Denny says:

    I kneel on a foam mat

  38. Kristi Renout says:

    I kneel to plant.

  39. always kneel to plant 🙂

  40. I always kneel to plant!

  41. warm up

  42. Andrew P says:

    Always bend with your knees and keep a straight back has always been helpful

  43. Andrew P says:
  44. I use a kneeling mat so that I can get down where I need to be.

  45. MyBitsandBleeps says:

    Best tip is bend at the knees

  46. I find the best one is “Always bend with your knees and keep a straight back”

  47. kristy e says:

    I always kneel to plant

  48. Heidi C. says:

    I always bend at the knees and use a kneeling mat.

  49. sarah sar says:

    I always kneel when digging and putting in plants and I also alternate a lot between the hard and easy tasks. Yes, I take frequent breaks!

  50. The bst tip for me is the kneel to plant!

  51. Debbie Lemaire says:

    kneel to plant

  52. I have a kneeling pad!

  53. lori butler says:

    kneeling stool

  54. Jessica j says:

    Alternate between light and heavy tasks!

  55. Andrew P says:
  56. Margaux - retrophiliac says:

    Move around a lot & stretch

  57. Marcella H. says:

    I kneel to plant!

  58. I use all of the tips. Especially the kneel to bend one

  59. Valerie Godin says:

    I make sure to kneel down

  60. Cathy C says:

    I kneel to plan and I use a wagon if items are heavy rather than carrying them. Who knew the kids wagon would be so useful Door opens at the side making it easier to get stuff out too!

  61. Cheryl (@loucheryl) says:

    I kneel on a mat when I plant and I it makes SUCH a difference!

  62. I switch from heavy tasks to light ones, and change positions frequently. I also use the right tools for the job!

  63. neha gupta says:

    the lighter tools makes your job easy

  64. I kneel to plant

  65. Lori JB says:

    I kneel on a foam pad when planting/weeding.

  66. Jaimee M says:

    I always kneel to plant!

  67. Andrew P says:
  68. Lift light and right

  69. I always try to be conscientious when doings tasks like raking and bending and kneeling. And I take breaks when I get tired, and try not to twist in awkward positions.

  70. sarah stickney says:

    i sit on a little stool

  71. Andrew P says:
  72. Karla Sceviour says:

    I Kneel to Plant 🙂

  73. Jennifer K. says:

    I lift light and right.

  74. Alternate. I do this often to make sure I switch around so I don’t injure myself.

  75. Adina H. says:

    I use a kneeling mat when weeding or planting.

  76. Lisa Neutel says:

    I always use a kneeling Matt …helps my back

  77. Andrew P says:
  78. Emily Tschirhart says:

    I use a mat when I am working on the ground. When I am up in the raised bed, if I can’t get on a mat, I ask my husband for help!

  79. Andrew P says:
  80. Jennifer A. says:

    I kneel on a mat to try to ease the pain in my back when I garden.

  81. Nancy T says:

    Rake Right is a tip I frequently use…alternating keeps the strain placed on either arm, shoulder, side equal. 🙂

  82. Warm Up – Gardening is hard work! Make sure you stretch your thighs, shoulders, sides, arms, back and hamstrings before you start to get the most out of your gardening.

  83. I lift light and right

  84. Andrew P says:
  85. laura Moschitto says:

    I defiitely warm up before gardening!

  86. Andrew P says:
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  88. Andrew P says:
  89. I always kneel when planting or weeding

  90. Andrew P says:
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