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Combat Lower Back and Joint Pain with Pain-Free Gardening Tips, Physical Therapy Tools
Date:4/22/2013

#160; Use everyday items like a wagon or winter sled to help you move supplies around the garden with ease. 
  • Take Breaks – Work five minute breaks in your gardening schedule to lower your likelihood of injury. Try easy back stretches from the waist and do not garden for longer than 20-30 minutes straight. Stay attentive to weather temperatures and flexibility as well – do additional stretches or warm-ups if you feel stiff or cold. 
  • Keep Tools Sharp – Get your local store to file trowels, shears, and even shovels. Dulled tools mean more strain – make sure your tools are well-kept to cut down on unnecessary added effort.
  • After Gardening
    If you follow all of these tips and still wind up with back pain or you already have joint or low back pain we recommend a few tips to alleviate acute pain: 

  • Heat and/or ice treatments
  • Exercise, stretching techniques
  • Over-the-counter therapies such as Omron's drug-free electroTHERAPY Pain Relief unit. Begin managing pain in about 15 minutes.
  • Always consult your healthcare provider (physical therapist, chiropractor, or physician) about your pain and therapy, especially if after four weeks your acute pain has not lessened.
  • Electrotherapy Treatment
    Omron's electroTHERAPY Pain Relief unit is the first product of its kind to be available nationally at major retail chains.  It is an over-the-counter product which uses Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) technology to deliver gentle, massage-like pulses for on-the-spot pain relief.
    An effective drug-free pain relief method, electrotherapy is commonly used by physical therapists to treat muscle and joint pain.

    "Electrotherapy has proven effective in physical therapy for more than 30 years," said Dr. Jeffrey Mannheimer , a physical therapist on the forefront of electrotherapy research. "The effect of such therapy i
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