By Lynne Midwinter, Chartered Physiotherapist
With gardening listed as a hobby for over half the adult population of the UK there are a lot of people at risk of injury now that the weather is improving and the start of gardening season is here.
At Physio & Therapies the first warm weekends in the spring and early summer usually brings us a rash of injuries from back strain to stiff shoulders presenting at our clinic, so here is our advice on how to avoid unnecessary discomfort.
The most important piece of advice is to pace yourself. Rome wasn’t built in a day and your garden won’t be either! Break jobs down into manageable chunks and give yourself the reward of a break with a cup of tea when you’ve done each part. It’s best to stop every hour for at least 10 minutes.