Spring has sprung! The Blue Bonnets are blessing our hillsides, which means it’s time to get out in that garden! Many Texans dream of those 70-degree Spring days to spend out in the garden while things are green. For some, it’s the best time of the year, but with endless hours in the garden, it’s important to take proper precautions.
Gardening comes with many risks; spending long hours in the sun, endless reps of lifting and bending, harsh chemicals and the wild life. These risks won’t hold us back from stopping and smelling the flowers, so how can we prepare ourselves for these dangers?
First, protect yourself from the sun. The average UV index for Texas is seven, which means sunscreen is a must when spending long hours in the garden. Although, it can get hot, wearing shirts that shield your arms from the sun, pants and large brimmed hats can help reduce your exposure to those harmful rays. It’s vital to take many breaks in the shade to re-hydrate. As you spend your day outside, pay attention to signs of heat-related illness, including extremely high body temperature, headache, rapid pulse, dizziness, nausea or confusion.
Also, although it may not seem like it, gardening can by quite the workout. Make sure to stretch before you begin. Backs, shoulders, arms, and hands can be abused working in the garden all day. Stretching before you begin will help to get your muscles ready. It’s also important to use proper lifting techniques. Make sure your hips are level when lifting, the best way to be sure your body has a level foundation is to see a chiropractor before and after gardening. Specific chiropractic adjustments help prevent injuries, and adjustments after strenuous activity aid in recovery time.
Another concern is the harsh chemicals in pesticides. According to Environment and Human Health, Inc. (EHHI), the Environmental Protection Agency has approved more than 200 different pesticides for lawn care. These are often mixed together with other toxic chemicals. “Some chemicals commonly used on lawns and gardens have been associated with birth defects, mutations, adverse reproductive effects, and cancer in laboratory animals,” the EHHI reports. If there are concerns with ingredients in products, it’s best to stick to organic options.
Lastly, be aware of the creatures in your garden. Creepy-crawlies are common in the garden, but it’s important to know how to protect yourself form them, and which can harm you. A common creature to find are snakes. Most snakes in the garden won’t harm you, but it’s important to respect their habitat. Other, smaller, creatures are less forgiving. Texans are familiar with Fire Ants, but be prepared if their mound is disturbed. Ticks, spiders, scorpions, wasps, and bees are a short list of other creatures that call your garden home. Respect the “don’t bother them, and they won’t bother you,” rule, and you and your garden should stay lively.
Although gardening isn’t always easy, it’s well worth it. Respect yourself and the plants and this planet will respect you.
At Credence Chiropractic, it is our mission to provide hope and healing to the families of our community through neurologically based chiropractic care. Our vision is to create one of the healthiest cities in the world right here in Georgetown, Tx by allowing individuals to achieve optimal health naturally through chiropractic care.
Dr. Chris obtained his B.S. in Exercise Physiology from Southern Illinois University of Carbondale and then began his chiropractic training at Logan University, College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, MO.
During his time at Logan University, Dr. Chris learned the most up-to-date, scientific, and comprehensive chiropractic care.
After College Kate ran a marketing department for a 3PL in St. Louis for two years. During that time, she met Dr. Chris, and he completely changed her life through specific scientific adjustments, and now together they hope to bring the hope and healing powers of Chiropractic to the Georgetown community.