Love to garden? Brush up your digging style to protect your joints.
A recent British study took a close look at digging techniques and found that some gardeners put more pressure on joints, increasing the likelihood of lower back pain and shoulder injuries. Researchers photographed and measured their movements from all angles, then calculated the load on their joints. The technique easiest on joints involved bending at the knees, keeping the back straight, and making small, controlled scooping and tossing movements with a shovel.
Large forward bends, stretching the arms far from the body, and big, less controlled movements were hardest on the joints.
Source: Consumer Reports on Health April 2018 Hort Technology, 1-8-2018
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