Working carefully, taking care of your bones and muscles, helps extend the years you can keep doing what you love: farming, gardening and living well. “Good body mechanics are critical,” said Ann Adams & Liz Brensinger, from Green Heron Tools. Make a conscious effort in the way you move, lift and shovel to minimize injuries and pain. Adams and Brensinger also shared their insights into tool choices and ergonomics.
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are injuries where muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments or bones are damaged by stretching farther or working harder than their capacity. MSDs are the leading cause of disabilities and pain for people in their working years. 150% more MSDs are reported in production agriculture than in American industries overall. Farming is the most common trade of women with occupationally associated MSDs. Women farmers have the second greatest severity of disability from MSDs across all US industries. [more]