Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Happy, Healthy Gardening


With the weather starting to look more like spring,  gardening season is fast
approaching.  Not only are we able to reap the benefits of gardening through flowers or
vegetables, but we are also able to take advantage of fresh air, sunshine, and exercise. All of these, when done correctly, are great ways to maintain good health.

With a lot of us being much less active throughout the winter, we have set ourselves up for
pain and/or injury if we are  not careful. Thankfully, with a little effort, we should be able to enjoy a summer filled with lots of outdoor activities.

Tips from John Berge, Osteopathic Manual Practitioner. 

I’d like to share a few pointers which could help save a few aches and pains this
gardening season.

  1. Warm up-  a quick walk and a few stretches can help guard against strained and sore muscles and prepare the back for flexion.
  2. Bend from the hips, not the lower back-  while bending forward, try not to have your back curve upwards, instead push your hips backwards, maintaining  a flat lower back while you bend. Like so
  3. Remember to bend with your knees-  By bending with your knees you are taking most of the pressure away from the lower back.
  4. Use tool helpers-  there are many ergonomic tools out there that help make the job easier.  Also, a knee pad can save your knees from injury. Helper
  5. Have Fun- make sure not to rush.  This is supposed to be a pleasant experience.  A time to enjoy the outdoors. Take breaks, wear sunscreen and drink lots of water.


I would just like to say a few words regarding the benefits of Osteopathy for those who are not yet familiar with it yet.  Our principles are simple.

1. The body is a dynamic unit of function.
2. Structure and function are interrelated.
3. The body is self-healing and self-regulating.
My treatments are gentle, but effective.  My goal is to get things moving properly, and put everything in place. With this, the body should be able to function properly.

For those of you wanting to prepare your body for gardening, fix your body from gardening, or just help maintain your health, book an appointment at The Coach House.

John's Schedule 
Online booking with up to date availability

Monday 8 am- 1:00 pm
Wednesday 2 pm- 7:30 pm
Friday 2 pm - 7:30 pm

For more information email John at

Happy Gardening

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