Raking Recommendations from the Chiropractor
By Brandi Swieter
Though leaves haven’t started falling in many places yet, the fall season is when leaves start to drop from the trees and cover the ground. This event means lots of time spent raking for those who want to keep their yards clear of dead leaves and branches. Raking can take its toll on the body if people don’t do the job correctly. Following some raking recommendations from the chiropractor is the best bet for keeping pain away as the chore gets done.
One of the most important things a person can do before raking or taking on any yard work is stretching. The muscles and joints need to be properly stretched out and made ready to move. Without doing so, the body will not be as flexible and can injure easier.
Switch the Rake Between Hands
Too many people keep the rake in one hand the entire time. This practice targets one side of the body only and can lead to overuse and pain quickly. Anyone with the job of raking needs to switch the rake between hands frequently. Doing so uses both sides of the body and avoids overuse.
Wear Shoes With Arch Support
Throwing on an old pair of shoes and heading outside to tackle yard work is a common practice. Those who want to work safely and efficiently without aches should avoid following suit. Shoes with arch support that are comfortable and sturdy are far better to wear than an old pair. In fact, people should really be replacing their shoes at least once a year to ensure a good fit and prevent pain from a weakened insole.
Get a Leaf Blower Instead
An old rake doesn’t have to be used to remove the leaves from the premises. A leaf blower is a more convenient option that can put less strain on the body when used right. There are backpack leaf blowers available that make it easy to quickly blow a ton of leaves at a time right onto a tarp to be picked up to dispose.
Visit the Chiropractor
Joint restrictions within the body can lead to pain and problems handling certain tasks. Anyone who feels uncomfortable while raking, even after taking precautions, should visit the chiropractor afterward to see what the problem may be. An adjustment could be necessary to put the spine in proper alignment and ensure a pain-free time spent raking next time around.
Visit The Joint Chiropractic after time spent raking if you feel pain. The doctor will do his best to provide an adequate assessment and adjustment that removes restrictions from the body and leaves you feeling comfortable.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Tucson, Ariz.