A reduction in activity leads to a decrease in physical conditioning and as a result when the weather is nice, people tend to overestimate their physical abilities. Low back pain from gardening or aches in the shoulders, neck, and knee joints from cleaning the garage are quite common.
When the body engages in a strenuous activity, combined with uncomfortable and awkward positions, it responds with pain and even injury. The most common cause is an insufficient warm-up and the absence of a regular stretching routine. Yard work is an example: Awkward body positions during mowing, trimming, seeding and raking are un-natural for the body. When performed over an extended period, a chronic, painful, overuse conditions can emerge.
The biggest mistake made by most people is to ‘wait until you need help’. The problem with waiting is the injury gets worse the longer you wait. The best time to seek the help of a physical therapy is when you don’t have these annoying aches and pains. Your physical therapist can evaluate your home and work environment and recommend adaptations to ease stress and strain on your joints. These adjustments help prevent overuse injuries, strains, and sprains. The therapist can also advise you on the most efficient and biomechanically correct ways to sit, stand, lift and even get in and out of a car.
Outdoor activities help you stay healthy and happy and with a physical therapist at your side will help you safely do the things you enjoy, without having to worry about injuries. Do you want help before those nagging pains become unbearable? Schedule an appointment with a physical therapist today.