Are you or a loved one enjoying the weather and getting ready to plant your garden? Are you experiencing aches and pains after working in your garden? Around 300,000 people will be injured in their gardens this year, with over 100,000 of these being children. Here are some tips to help you enjoy working in your garden without having aches and pains afterwards. Go for a short walk or complete a few gentle stretches prior to working in the garden. Utilize a raised bed, hanging baskets, window boxes, or table planters. By utilizing good posture and body mechanics you can decrease you risk for injury, aches, and pains. Change positioning and gardening tasks to decrease stiffness and keep you moving. Pace yourself, if you have not completed outside work or gardening activities recently, take short breaks to avoid aches and pains. End your gardening activities with a short walk or gentle stretches. If aches and pains linger, we are here to help! Physical therapy can help improve movement, function, manage and decrease pain. Physical therapists are movement experts, improving quality of life through hands on care, patient education, and prescribed movement. Call the clinic today to see how we can help you or a loved one.