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Bellevue chiropractor shows you how to prevent gardening injuries.

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Its almost that time of year again! Time for the sunshine to come out and for the flowers to start to bloom. This means getting out into the garden, and with that comes gardening injuries. Digging, bending, twisting, and pulling are all vigorous physical activities and they are all a huge part of gardening, and yet we rarly consider gardening a physical activity. “Many people think gardening as an innocuous activity, but it puts the body in positions it hasn’t been in for months-bending, sitting on the ground, stooping, working on all fours,” says Dr. Hancock, DC of Chicago.

We have to start thinking about gardening activities much like we would think about participating is a sporting activity. “To warm up, walk for five to 10 minutes to get your heart rate up While you garden, divide your activity into thirds- (movements affecting the body) below the waist, between the waist and shoulders, and above the shoulders, doing each for 10 to 15 minutes,” he says.

Before and after a gardening project, Kathi Casey, ERYT, CPI, a health coach and trainer practicing in Massachusetts, recommends a complete stretch and flexion of the spine for a minute or two before and after a gardening project. “Sit tall in a straight chair with your feet on the floor. Inhale deeply as you slowly arch your spine; then exhale slowly as you curl. Avoid straining your neck,” she says.

For those of you who are going to take on bigger gardening projects like diging trenches, Debbie Mandel, MA, a fitness and stress management expert and author of Addicted to Stress: A Woman’s 7-Step Program to Reclaim Joy and Spontaneity in Life, recommends undergoing some strength training to prepare. “To strengthen upper extremities, she prefers triceps extensions and wrist curls with dumbbells. To strengthen shoulders for overhead movements, use two dumbbells in a military press and shoulder raises. “Remember to hold your abdominals in tightly to support your back and recruit core strength, and to exhale on exertion,” she adds.

All in all, make sure that you are physically prepared to garden this summer. I have seen far too many gardening injuries and would like you to stay strong and healthy this gardening season.

Michael Weir, D.C. is a local Bellevue chiropractor. He can be found at Back in Action Chiropractic at 1940 116th Ave NE #101, Bellevue WA 98004, or by calling the phone number (425) 635-0495.

Written by Dr. Michael Weir

January 2nd, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Growing Herbal Remedies Organically

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Consumers are becoming more aware of the circumstances that their food is grown under, which has led to a surge in interest for organic herbal gardening. Plus, there is now a growing awareness of the health and medicinal remedies possible with organic herbal gardening.

Organic herbal gardening provides an alternative to pharmaceutics. This substitute option has a long history, but has been overshadowed in recent decades by an over-reliance on technological and scientific quick fixes.

Herbal medicine and organic herbal gardening are not complete substitutes for modern medicine, and there are many cases where you will be better served with industrially synthesized medicines. But there are a great number of common ailments that can be cured and even prevented through less harsh plant-based recipes.

Consumers who start growing their own plants for medicinal purposes are often already expert organic gardeners and vegetable growers, but this does not always have to be the case. You can start growing nothing but medicinal plants from scratch, and it’s much easier and less time-consuming than you may think at first.

Whether you are an experienced organic gardener or just starting out with natural medicinal herbs, you will probably share the wish to control the origin of foodstuffs and other bodily intakes with people with the same interest.

In fact organic gardening is going through a renaissance, but not many people are yet aware that the same principles that can be applied to organic food are also valid for plant-based medicines. And fewer yet know how easy it is to grow herbal remedies at home!

It is possible to find organic plant-based medicines that have been grown commercially, but the discerning user will prefer to grow his own organic plants on a windowsill or in one’s garden. This is far easier than it may sound!

There are several ways to consume organically grown medicinal plants. The easiest one is simply to eat them, whether raw or cooked, and many therapeutic plants are part of normal kitchen usage, such as garlic or pepper.

They can also be used for more topical applications, after having been mixed and made into pastes, creams or lotions, e.g. for applying to the skin. Herbal teas are another popular way of consuming herbal remedies, with chamomile being the most common and well known.

There are a number of ways in which you can grow herbal remedies thanks to organic herbal gardening. You can obtain the seeds yourself either from a specialist shop or, You can find Internet supplier that will send you seeds and shoots for organic herbal gardening. has the answers to all the questions that you were afraid to ask about organic gardening! Check out the site to make sure that you are in the know about herbal gardening.