It’s that time of year again! The spades and wellies are out, and it’s time to put your garden to bed. Moving those pots and digging the allotment need good lifting techniques and a healthy back. Repetitive clipping and tidying can overload the arms causing painful problems such as Tennis elbow, shoulder and wrist strains. And reaching high to trim that overgrown hedge can cause neck pain.

Back and neck problems affect people of all ages and gardening becomes a painful experience. Try these simple tips to make gardening easier on your back.

•   Warm up first by gently stretching your muscles. If it’s cold, wear enough layers to keep the muscles warm, or perhaps wait until later in the day when the sun is up.

•   Avoid repetitive garden work. Change your position regularly, keep taking breaks and drink plenty of fluids.

•   Don’t lift heavy objects. If you have to lift that garden pot, keep it close to your body, and remember to bend your knees and keep your back straight. AND never never twist, bend or lift.

•   Long handles can stop you from stooping and get the wheelbarrow out to move heavy objects.

•   If you are feeling vulnerable a light back support can help protect your back and remind you to take care.

The team at Sarum Physio have a wide range of expertise that will fix those disasters and keep you on your feet.

Sarum Physio offer “hands on” physiotherapy treatment, electrotherapy, advice, individual exercise programmes, as well as Sports massage and Pilates. There are plenty of evening appointments available to fit in with the busy lifestyle.

Call 01722 415055 for an appointment, and keep healthy and active doing what you enjoy.