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Gardening Needn't Be A Pain!

by Jon Lawrence
20 minutes
Gardening Needn't Be A Pain!

Maximising Your Easter Gardening Experience while Minimising Pain: A Holistic Approach

By Suzanne Morgan, Osteopath, North Devon Clinic. suzanne@turningpointclinics.co.uk

This year has been a wet one, stopping many of us from getting out into the garden. Now the sunshine and Easter Holidays are here many of us can revisit the simple joys of spending time in our gardens. Gardening offers a plethora of benefits, from connecting with nature to improving mental well-being. However, the surge in gardening activity also brings the risk of overexertion and potential aches and pains. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore strategies to enhance your gardening experience while minimising the risk of discomfort, along with insights into managing shoulder pain through osteopathic care.

Warm Up and Stretch:

Just as we prepare our bodies for a workout, it's crucial to warm up and stretch before engaging in gardening activities. With increased gardening hours, our bodies may not be accustomed to the physical demands. Consult your osteopath for bespoke, personalised advice on effective warm-up routines to prevent injuries and ensure your body is primed for gardening tasks.

Stay Hydrated:

Amidst the hustle and bustle of gardening, it's easy to forget about hydration. However, staying hydrated is essential for overall health and well-being, especially when working outdoors in the summer heat. Keep a water bottle within reach and set reminders to hydrate every 20-30 minutes. Use these breaks as an opportunity to stretch and rejuvenate your body.

Take Regular Breaks:

Gardening is physically demanding, and it's essential to listen to your body's cues. Incorporate regular breaks into your gardening routine to prevent overexertion. Set a timer to remind yourself to pause every 20-30 minutes. Use these breaks to rest, hydrate, and recharge, ensuring you can enjoy gardening activities without risking fatigue or injury.

Lift Safely:

When handling heavy items such as bags of soil or large planters, prioritise proper lifting techniques to protect your back and shoulders. Bend at the knees and hips, engaging your leg muscles rather than relying solely on your back. If possible, enlist the help of others or utilise tools like wheelbarrows to transfer heavy loads safely.

Vary Your Tasks:

Avoid prolonged periods of repetitive motion by diversifying your gardening tasks. Moving around the garden and alternating activities can prevent muscle fatigue and reduce the risk of overuse injuries. Take advantage of breaks between tasks to stretch and maintain flexibility, ensuring your body remains agile throughout your gardening session.

Shoulder Pain and Osteopathic Care:

Shoulder pain is a common issue that can significantly impact daily activities and quality of life. Osteopathic care offers a holistic approach to shoulder pain management, addressing both symptoms and underlying factors contributing to discomfort. If you're experiencing shoulder pain, consider consulting with an osteopath for personalized treatment and relief.

Understanding Shoulder Pain:

Shoulder pain can arise from various causes, including injuries to the rotator cuff, bursitis, tendonitis, arthritis, or shoulder instability. Regardless of the underlying cause, shoulder pain can limit range of motion and affect daily functioning. Your osteopath will conduct a comprehensive assessment to determine the best course of action for your specific needs.

Osteopathic Approach to Shoulder Pain:

Osteopathic care takes a holistic approach to shoulder pain, considering not only the symptoms but also lifestyle factors, posture, and overall health. Through manual therapy techniques, adjustments, and therapeutic exercises, osteopathic treatment aims to reduce pain, improve mobility, and restore optimal function to the shoulder joint.

Treatment Options:

Your osteopath will develop a bespoke, personalised treatment plan tailored to address your specific shoulder pain symptoms and underlying issues. Treatment may include manual therapy, soft tissue mobilisation, therapeutic exercises, and lifestyle recommendations to promote healing and prevent recurrence of symptoms.


Gardening offers a multitude of benefits for physical and mental well-being, but it's essential to prioritise safety and self-care to avoid discomfort and injury. By incorporating warm-up routines, staying hydrated, taking regular breaks, lifting safely, and varying gardening tasks, you can maximise your gardening experience while minimising the risk of pain and fatigue.

Shoulder pain is a common issue that can significantly impact daily life, but with osteopathic care, relief is possible. Whether you're experiencing shoulder discomfort from gardening or other activities, consulting with an osteopath can help you find personalised treatment and support to restore mobility and improve overall well-being.

Remember, this information is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Always consult with a qualified osteopath for personalised diagnosis and treatment recommendations tailored to your specific condition.

If you're ready to enhance your gardening experience and find relief from shoulder pain, don't hesitate to schedule an appointment with us. Our osteopathic care team is here to support you on your journey to optimal health and well-being.

Happy gardening, and may your Easter be filled with joy, relaxation, flourishing gardens and lots of Easter eggs!