In our area, raking leaves is a necessity during the fall months. Raking is in itself a unique exercise for the body even for those who are accustomed to physical activity. This can lead to an injury of the back or neck and often interfere with our remaining fall plans!
Here are a few tips to help avoid injury from raking leaves:
1.) Check with your chiropractor to see if you need an adjustment BEFORE you start your fall clean up.
2.) Avoid twisting your body while raking.
3.) Bend at the knees and engage your core muscles rather than bending at the waist and putting strain on your back.
4.) Do some light stretching for 10 minutes prior to raking.
5.) Take breaks and drink plenty of water to keep hydrated.