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Hot Springs, Ark. – Gardening can be a great activity to help improve both mental
and physical health. However, repetitive lifting, twisting and bending, heavy physical
work, forceful movements and sitting still for long periods can take a serious toll
on your back. Because these are all common situations when working in the yard, gardeners
are at a high risk of developing a low back disorder, or LBD. Characteristics of
LBD include back pain or discomfort – both acute and chronic – that can limit the
normal use of the back. Acute pain is a short-term disorder that can last from a
few days to a few weeks. Chronic pain is typically a disorder that lasts for three
months or longer. The good news is many LBDs are preventable. Evidence has shown
you can reduce your risk by practicing stabilizing exercises that target the trunk
and core, and by using safe gardening practices.
Preventing injury with core strength
A strong core is key to preventing back pain and injury. Core strength comes from
working muscles that keep you in an upright position. These include your abdominal,
back, hamstring, and hip muscles – all of which help stabilize your spine when you
are lifting, bending or changing positions. When core muscles are weak or tight,
it can put extra pressure on the spine. Strengthening these muscles and increasing
flexibility is one of the most effective ways to reduce lower back pain.
Stabilizing, strengthening, and stretching exercises to prevent lower back injury
can be found in the Division of Agriculture fact sheet, FSFCS38 “Exercises for Low
Back Injury Prevention” and can be downloaded at www.uaex.uada.edu. Always consult a doctor or physical therapist before starting back exercises, especially
if you are experiencing back pain.
Preventing injury by gardening smart
Using safe gardening practices is another way to limit back pain when gardening.
It is important to treat gardening just like any other physical activity – warm up
with gentle stretches before you begin and pay attention to your body. Other tips
According to Consumer Reports, lower back pain is the fifth most common reason that
adults seek medical help. Even if you aren’t currently suffering from back pain,
take steps to prevent injury now so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor for years
For more information, contact the Garland County Extension Office at 623-6841 or
922-4703, email Jessica at email@example.com, or visit our website at www.uaex.uada.edu.
Are you interested in joining an existing Extension Homemakers Club? EHC is the largest
volunteer organization in the state. For information on EHC call 623-6841 or 922-4703
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re interested in becoming a Master Gardener and would like more information,
you’re welcome to attend their monthly meeting on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 1pm at the Elks Lodge. You may also call the Extension
office on 623-6841 or 922-4703 or email email@example.com.
We have several 4-H clubs for our Garland county youth who are 5 to 19 years old.
For more information on all the fun 4-H activities there are, call the Extension Office
at 623-6841 or 922-4703 or email Linda Bates at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons
regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital
or veteran status, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal
By Jessica Vincent County Extension Agent - FCSThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Jessica Vincent County Extension Agent - FCS
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
236 Woodbine Hot Springs AR 71901
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal
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participate or need materials in another format, please contact your County Extension
office (or other appropriate office) as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible
persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national
origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information,
or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity