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Raking Leaves Can Be Dreadful: 4 Pain-Preventing Tips

By Virginia Laird

The love/hate relationship I have with fall runs deep. Like many, I love the changing colors of the trees, the crisp, cool air, and the beauty that can only be found during autumn. However, I truly despise raking the leaves. It can be painful and an overwhelming task to accomplish, especially for those who have more than one large tree in the yard. Chiropractors have suggested a few tips to help avoid back pain while accomplishing the daunting task of disposing the leaves, including:

  • Invest in appropriate tools
  • Take breaks often
  • Employ correct posture
  • Don’t tackle it alone

Invest in Appropriate Tools

It is important to know that tools, like clothes, are not all one-size-fits-all. It may sound crazy to try out a rake or other yard tool before purchasing, but it is necessary. When selecting the right one for you, chiropractors suggest making sure the handle is tall enough to prevent you from needing to lean forward, using bad posture.

Take Breaks Often

While it may be tempting to complete the job as quickly as possible, it is not necessary to be in a hurry. Chiropractors suggest taking breaks often to help prevent back pain. It is also suggested to lightly stretch during these breaks to help release tension in the back.

Employ Correct Posture

Correct posture is vital in preventing and managing pain both on a daily basis and when taking on chores. Chiropractors suggest, while working in the yard, to make a conscious effort to use correct posture. Although it may not feel natural, as many do not use appropriate posture regularly, it can help prevent pain from occurring.

Don’t Tackle It Alone

If you are like me, you may be a very independant person who would prefer to tackle most hard chores alone. However, when getting after something as daunting and overwhelming as raking the leaves, asking for help is a great idea. Chiropractors suggest the buddy system when heading out to do yard work of any kind. Some tend to forget how heavy bags of leaves can become, especially if they are wet. Lifting or pulling them alone can be detrimental to the spine.

As always it is important to remember if you struggle with back pain, visit your chiropractor regularly at The Joint Chiropractic in your neighborhood. This is the best way to prevent and manage back pain.

Armed with these tips, you are now ready to get out there and make your yard free of leaves. Procrastinate no longer; call your friends, and have a yard beautification party. Just remember to return the favor!

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lakewood, Colo.

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