Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Gardening tips for seniors

But what a joy it is to see the fruits of your labor! As the plants grow, it is better to weed a little at a time rather than a lot all at once. Do the same with your flower bed.

I sprinkle some PREEN around my young flowers and it really reduces the weed growth. I water with a hose because carrying a sprinkler in one hand can twist your neck out of place.

For those of you who develop bursitis in your shoulder or tendonitis in your elbow or a flare-up of arthritis in your knees or hands, we have a new laser machine in our office that is so effective to reduce pain and inflammation.

Cortisone shots are effective, but they have side effects. Laser is much more effective than ultrasound come and see for yourself.

In conclusion, you must look at your specific weaknesses, i.e. arthritis, bulged discs, and decide if you are capable of gardening. Realize that to prepare the soil, have a steady fence, plant, water, weed, and fertilize is a lot of work.

But if you do it gradually, or get a little help, it is good to get some exercise, be outdoors, and fresh vegetables or blossoming flowers is good for the mind and body.

Let me share an observation now. If you give me two senior citizens who have equal health conditions, and one who gardens and one who doesn't whom do you think is happier?

I have observed that a law of nature is to keep in motion. Don't overwork, but don't stop. It is so good to keep active, both for your body, and to keep your mind alert.

I don't know how much money you actually will save once harvest time comes, because there are many expenses to get crops to harvest.

But if you weigh all the pros and cons, you will have flowers and vegetables in your yard until your joints make it impossible to do so. Then I think it will be fun to share your "skills" with your grandchildren on how to have a healthy garden.

This is why Dr. Stacie and I love being chiropractors.

There are so many seniors who think their achy joints and back pain is due to old age. They have been told it is arthritis, to just keep taking anti-inflammatory pills.

But when they come to our office and we gently adjust their spine into place, and they exclaim, " if I knew I could feel 10 years younger, I would have been here sooner." Because with less pain, better mobility, they could work in the garden that they thought was too much for them. Just maybe, articles like this will help you to realize how wonderful gentle chiropractic care can be for you.

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