Spring is finally here, and with the warmer weather, most people will be spending more time outside enjoying outdoor activities. One of these will most likely be the task of spring cleanup and planting in yards and gardens. While gardening can provide a great workout, all the bending, twisting, reaching and pulling may cause strain on your body, especially if you have not been as active during the winter months. It is important to stretch your muscles before reaching for your gardening tools. The back, upper legs, shoulders and wrists are all major muscle groups affected when doing your outside chores. Warming up before these tasks can help to alleviate the stiffness and prevent injuries. If you feel muscle aches after your day in the garden, there are ways to ease the discomfort. Apply a cold pack on the area of pain for the first 48 hours or apply a heat pack after 48 hours, and make a point to see your chiropractor for a treatment, preferably before you begin your warm weather activities. Your chiropractor is specially trained to offer help and advice on safety tips to have an injury-free spring and summer season.