The blossoms are out and things are greening up nicely around the lower mainland. With Spring’s arrival, most people increase their activity level significantly with walking more, jogging, cycling, spring cleaning, golfing and gardening.

Increased daylight and the warmth of the sun on our faces are often accompanied by increased rates of injury as people get outside after a long winter of being sedentary. Golfing and gardening tend to be the leading cause of springtime injuries as they introduce movements and positions that the body has not experienced for months.

It is not surprising to learn that many people suffer from muscle fatigue, low back strains and sprains, even shoulder and wrist injuries. It is easy to over do it, as your body may not communicate the harmful positions or movements to you right away.

Golfers: Before heading out to the course for a round with your shiny new Callaways, head to the range first and only hit a small bucket the first day. Work your way up to the large or jumbo bucket over a few days of practice before hitting the links. Also, take a lesson, as poor swing mechanics are a leading cause of golfing injuries. Your body will feel better and score will be lower!

Gardeners: Getting the raised beds prepped for seedlings can be hard on the body due to sustained postures. Plan for breaks and switch tasks often. When working on the garden, try squatting or kneeling rather than bending. Keep your work close to you to avoid reaching. Think about doing less - divide the work over a few days and evenings with shorter sessions. Consider ergonomic tools to take the load off your back. This way you won’t miss the sunny gardening days due to injury!

Here are a few tips to prevent injury:

Check-up: Chiropractic care will ensure that your body is aligned and moving well before, during and after resuming your favorite activity. Your chiropractor will assist you in preventing injury and staying healthy.

Baby steps: Work your way up to a full session of activity.

Warm up always: Start your activity with a 5-10 minute walk.

Stretch: Before AND after! Stretch key muscle groups for your activity, hold the stretch at least 30 seconds. Ask your chiropractor about which stretches are right for you.

Cool down: A casual walk around the block will promote recovery from your activity.

Natural Supplements: There are many natural products for muscle and joint pain - ask your health care provider what’s right for you.

Exercise is essential for over-all health.  Please do it safely and pain-free!! Please consult your doctor before starting any new exercise or activity.

If you have new or chronic back, neck or joint pain, contact Back to Wellness to book an appointment with Dr. Eric Vermander.