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June 13, 2013 10:55 ET

Back Clinics of Canada CEO Dr. Ron Nusbaum Top 8 Ways to Curb Gardening Back Pain

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Dr. Ron Nusbaum, of Back Clinics of Canada, shares 8 ways a person can prevent back pain while gardening. "Without proper and simple preparation an overly eager gardener can develop a serious low back pain or neck pain that's actually preventable," he says.

Four out of 5 Canadians will experience back pain at some time after the age of 30. Back pain accounts for the second most common reason why people visit their family doctor. "It makes sense to prevent back pain before it occurs. This is especially relevant to gardeners," says Dr. Ron Nusbaum.

It's just as easy to prevent back pain, as it is to cause it. Herniated disc, bulging disc and sciatica … these are just some of the painful conditions that can develop while gardening. The following list highlights easy prevention steps that can help save people from the physical and emotional challenges, and financial costs of back pain.

Top 8 ways to prevent back pain associated with gardening

  1. Stretch to loosen up your muscles. Click here to learn about simple stretches to do before, during, and after you garden at the garden!
  2. When lifting anything heavy, bend your knees and keep your back straight. Your legs should carry the weight. This simple idea shifts the weight of your load away from the bottom of your spine, the most vulnerable part to be injured.
  3. Pivot, don't twist when you carry anything with weight. Twisting while carrying weight, especially when your body is bent forward, almost guarantees undue stress on your lower back.
  4. Use kneepads to keep your knees comfortable and stable. Without kneepads you constantly shift your position and may unwittingly strain your back. Even an inexpensive pair does the job!
  5. Invest in ergonomically designed tools, such as a rake with a longer handle and wider head. This will reduce bending, and allow you to accomplish more with less effort. Another example: when weeding, a stand-up weeder is far better than a small hand spade.
  6. Fill gardening waste bags halfway reduces your carrying load. If possible move them with either a wheelbarrow or place on top of a lawn mower (providing it won't damage it). Moving Less weight means less chance of straining your back.
  7. Pace yourself: Break up your gardening into manageable projects over a few days. Most of us aren't truly physically prepared for gardening marathons. It's best to be patient and give your back a rest in between projects.
  8. Hydrate with regular drinks of water and graze on healthy snacks of fresh fruits, nuts and vegetables. Constant hydration and healthy snacks provide the hydration and energy our bodies need to manage demands of real physical labor in the garden.

Gardening should be a pleasurable hobby, and not the beginning of a lifelong back injury. If, however, you do experience low back pain or neck pain that lasts more than a few days, visit a back pain specialist immediately, before it develops into a serious chronic condition. Back Clinics of Canada is always accepting new patients, and offers advanced care that is non-invasive, non-surgical and drug-free.

About Back Clinics of Canada

Back Clinics of Canada, the premiere Toronto pain clinic, offers care featuring advanced leading-edge technologies for everything from complex treatments and procedures to routine care. Back Clinics of Canada is the only clinic offering the High Performance Healing System™, a comprehensive system of care integrating Class IV K-Laser Therapy; Spinal Decompression; and Disc Renewal Plus™, an advanced proprietary comprehensive nutritional supplementation system which supports connective tissue healing. If you have questions or need more information, call Back Clinics of Canada's helpful staff at 1-877-PAINFREE (724-6373) or locally at 416-633-3666. You can also visit

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