That time of year is just around the corner. The daffodils will be in full bloom before we know it and many of us will be out in the garden weeding, pruning and potting getting ready for the summer ahead. After a period of relative inactivity this is the time that many of us overdo it and end up with various springtime niggles. We give all our attention to the garden and none to our own bodies. Remember you only have 1 body, it’s the only place you get to live!
Gardening isn’t exactly an extreme sport, but because of that we are less mindful about what we are doing.
Think about your posture when you are out there digging in the wilderness! The same rules that apply to lifting also apply in the garden. Keep you back upright, no stooping and if you do need to pick something up, no twisting, turn your whole body towards it, including your feet! Bend from your hips, not your waist.
If you are unfortunate to suffer with hay fever, aka allergic rhinitis, you will definitely know when spring has sprung. Dry itchy eyes, runny nose and blocked sinuses? Although the body of conclusive research is minimal for treating hay fever with alternative therapies, some people do have results with Acupuncture and Cranial therapies. These therapies tend to look at the overall health of the individual and take into account not just the current situation, but factors that maybe predisposing someone to the problem. Generally it it thought that commencing treatment before it (if seasonal) begins, can help reduce the severity of the symptoms, so now is the time to start! If you would like to be referred to someone local, call, we would be happy to point you in the right direction.
Aching and stiff from spring cleaning, massage can help, whether it is a deep tissue massage, Thai massage or a movement practice such as Thai Chi or yoga. Overdone the gardening, pulled something, be honest, were you mindful about your posture? Chiropractic care could be what you need.