: Keeping Alaska Active

Helpful Stretches for Gardeners

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While native Alaskans love going outdoors all year long, the summer is the perfect time of year to be outside. At Reger Physical Therapy, home to a highly skilled and experienced Anchorage physical therapist team, we work with many people who are struggling with aches and pains related to gardening and yard work. We've seen people hurt their backs, shoulders, hips, and knees--but fortunately, with a little preparation, many of these injuries are avoidable.

Do you have a green thumb or simply plan on doing a lot of yard work around the house this summer? To prepare your body for the demand of such work, be sure to give some of the following stretches a try.

It’s best to do these stretches after a brief 5 minute warm-up of light walking. Aim to hold each stretch for at least 60 seconds, and ideally up to 90 seconds for maximal effect.

Additional Tips for Yard Work & Gardening Safety from Our Anchorage Physical Therapy Team

  1. Avoid bending over to lift bags of soil and other heavy items off the ground. Bend your knees to reach the object, keeping your chest up and back straight. Hold the object close to your body as you lift it, and avoid twisting your spine.
  2. Take breaks. Gardening and yard work can be extremely therapeutic, but it's easy to get lost in the moment! Take a break at least once per hour so you can give your shoulders, back, hips, and knees a rest. Consider doing a few of the above stretches during your breaks.
  3. Drink water during frequently to avoid dehydration, and wear light colored clothing and wide-brimmed hat to avoid overheating and sunburn.

Are you feeling achy after a long weekend of work in the back yard? We invite you to call Reger Physical Therapy today at (907) 677-9112 to schedule an appointment with an Anchorage Physical Therapist. We're proud to serve the Anchorage community Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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