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Back Pain & Gardening

 

Back Pain GardeningHave You Been Getting Out in the Garden?

Back pain and gardening troubles so many people.

Spring is here, bulbs are flourishing, and the grass is growing. Whilst many keen gardeners will have been busy preparing for this season, most of us don’t even think about getting out in the garden until the lawn looks almost unmanageable and we’re running the risk of losing our kids in the jungle.

Now that the coronavirus has necessitated self-isolation, people who haven’t tended their gardens for years, have decided to order seeds and bulbs online. They have dug out (pardon the pun) the gardening book that Uncle Steve gave them for Christmas in 2010 and found a fork at the back of the shed, hidden amongst the cobwebs. Now, what’s left before starting to turn over those old raised beds?

How about a warm up and a few basic bits of advice?

 

There are lots of myths regarding back pain and gardening. Is it bad for us? The truth is that if we are sensible, gardening is a great form of exercise both physically and psychologically.

Remember when we start those jobs in the garden to:

  • Plan jobs.
  • Do some gentle warm up exercises and stretches before you start.
  • Take regular breaks.
  • Vary the jobs you are doing. Don’t use the same action repeatedly for hours.
  • Know your limits. Do more trips instead of overloading your wheelbarrow. Don’t overfill refuse bags.

It is normal to feel a bit stiff and achy having been in the garden working hard. However, if you follow the advice above, you should reduce the chances of this happening. Remember to build up slowly. You wouldn’t and shouldn’t take up running by going out for a 10-mile run first time out!

If you develop pain or sciatic type symptoms that persist, then you should seek advice from a physio or your GP.

If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, have fun gardening but don’t injure yourself!

 

We hope you have found this article useful and if you have any concerns or questions, we are always happy to have a chat, so please contact us.

 

Blog post written by Sam Bowden, Head2Toe Physiotherapist Director at Head2Toe Dorking, Leatherhead, & Crawley Clinics.

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How We Tackle Patient Dignity as Physiotherapists

Dignity Action Day was held on 1st February to highlight the importance of Dignity in Care and the responsibility of all care providers to uphold this basic human right.

As a Neurological Physiotherapist I have had the privilege of working with clients with a wide range of impairments and disabilities and the fundamental link that pulls us all together is listening to and respecting their wishes.

I always treat people how I would want to be treated myself or how I would want my family members to be treated. Everyone has their own expectations and ideals regarding dignity and as a clinician it is vital that during the assessment process we gauge these and have an awareness of that person as an individual.

 

 

Everyone has their own story and working collaboratively we can help to maintain a level of respect, privacy and dignity during the treatment process.

In my opinion, a big part of maintaining dignity is to ensure that a client has all the relevant information and choices available to them and that we do not impose our own thoughts or expectations on them.

During the rehabilitation process the overall aim is to assist an individual to return to a certain level of function and well-being. A huge part of this process involves regaining their identity and self- worth, sometimes after a debilitating, life changing event such a stroke or brain injury.

A person can find themselves unable to carry out their own personal care or may have to be hoisted in and out of bed and a huge adjustment process must take place. As Physiotherapist’s I believe we we can support our patient’s dignity by having an awareness of an individuals knowledge, skills and attitudes and by always being empathetic and respectful.

 

We hope you have found this article useful and if you or a loved one could benefit from some Physiotherapy sessions, we are always happy to have a chat, so please contact us.

 

Blog post written by Pippa Graham, Head2Toe Physiotherapist at Head2Toe Dorking, Leatherhead, & Crawley Clinics.

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head2toe physio, physiotherapy, physiotherapist  We aim to improve function and relieve pain

Head2Toe Physio provides clinic based assessment and treatment sessions within Surrey and West Sussex, providing flexible appointments to suit you.
Visit us at one of our clinic locations at Dorking, Leatherhead or Crawley.