Is gardening possible for people with back problems? Can back pain deprive them of their favourite gardening and planting activities? Are there any solutions? As we get older the likelihood of having back problems increases. This article will be of interest to you.
“I would like to ask the more experienced and knowledgeable growers, their advice on various tools to make gardening easier in terms of heavy lifting. I have a back problem and because gardening is my love I wouldn’t want to stop gardening. Do you know of any tools that allow the chores of gardening without a lot of load and weight on the back?”
This question on the Greek KALLIERGO forum is the reason for this article.
Who among us hasn’t had a sore back at some point? Who hasn’t realized that when you have a back problem you basically can’t do much, let alone garden, grow crops and do gardening?
But what do you do when the problem, the back pain is not temporary but permanent? What do you do when you love the garden, plants and gardening?
Gardening, in some phases, is a demanding and physically demanding process. You need to use hand tools. Digging, hoeing, carrying heavy loads, raking, pruning high and low, mixing soil and manure, and much more that requires strength and good physical condition. It is neither new nor a secret that gardening is tantamount to exercise. Exercise of mind and body.
Fortunately, there are tools and techniques that can help you keep gardening even if you have back problems.
I discovered two very good pages (in English) that deal with this very subject. These pages are:
Tips to reduce back pain while gardening
- Warm up before you start work
- Lift weights carefully and in the right way
- Take breaks
- Kneel with assistance (kneelers)
- Use knee pads
- Use garden scooters to avoid back rotation
- Use specialised tools
- Try to do work in an upright position
- Use raised beds (so you don’t have to bend over too much)
- Use pots and planters
- Limit the number of plants to what you can manage