CHARLES STREET CLINIC - Stay safe this Easter!
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Charles Street Clinic

Stay safe this Easter!The Easter weekend is fast approaching. It can be a time for relaxing and enjoying the company of family and friends. However statistically the Easter weekend is the busiest weekend for DIY, gardening and associated trips to A&E!

So please stay safe this Easter and see our tips below to help prevent gardening related injuries.

Happy Easter!

Easter Opening

We are open on Easter Saturday.

We are closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday.

Normal working hours from Tuesday 22nd April.

To book an appointment call the clinic on
01305 265333

Gardening tipsThe clocks have gone forward, the days are getting longer, and we’ve even seen some sunshine. That means only one thing for gardeners; you will be outside tackling your slightly neglected winter gardens. And, as osteopaths, that means we will see a rise in the number of patients who have damaged their backs during their Spring session in the garden.

So how can you reduce the likelihood of sustaining an injury during gardening?

Treat gardening like circuit training – have a few varied jobs on the go at once, and do them on rotation for about 20 minutes at a time. It’s easy to get stuck-in to gardening and find that a couple of hours have passed, so use a timer to ensure you move from one activity to the next.

Keep objects and work surfaces close to your body to prevent over-reaching.

Bend knees and squat, or kneel on a padded kneeler, to get to ground level for weeding and planting.

When raking or using a brush (or a vacuum cleaner) try to be sure you have one foot in front of the other and transfer your weight from front foot to back foot as you use your rake or brush. This is a dynamic action and much better for your back than keeping your feet static and using your upper back only to work the rake.

Use a wheelbarrow rather than carrying heavy objects.

When you have finished gardening treat yourself to a good soak in a warm bath with added salts. Click here for an interesting article describing the benefits of salt baths for arthritis.

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