Time to Rake the Leaves: Do It Sans Pain
By Virginia Laird
With the leaves beginning to hit the ground, it is time to start thinking about raking. Although this task is one that you may prefer to skip because of the pain it can invite, there are a few things you can do to prevent it. Chiropractors encourage patients to follow some advice to help keep the pain at bay. These include:
- Avoid lifting heavy loads alone
- Take breaks often
- Use the right tools
Avoid Lifting Heavy Loads Alone
It is never a good idea to lift heavy loads without help, including the bags of leaves you will collect as you rake the yard. Chiropractors preach the importance of getting help when the time comes to move these leaves around. According to research, when you put too much strain on the joints of your spine, you can cause restrictions of the vertebrae that can lead to a great deal of pain. Start right away finding a friend who is willing to help you lift your bags of leaves and offer the same help when they need it.
Take Breaks Often
As you work in the yard for what seems to be hours on end, it is necessary that you take breaks to allow the entire body a rest. During these breaks it is best that you get off of your feet, hydrate, and stretch lightly. Chiropractors say that stretching can help release tension that builds as you work in the yard. Often, it is this tension that is the culprit that causes pain, which can be unbearable at times.
Use the Right Tools
Although many believe that tools are one size fits all, this is not the case. Chiropractors teach that selecting the right rake (or other yard tool) is much about getting one with the right length handle. This can help prevent the need for hunching over and leaning too much. The next time you head to the store, try out the tool to make sure it is the right height for you.
For the millions who suffer with more back pain than these tips can help, it is necessary that you consider a trip to your chiropractor. While there, you will have the opportunity to voice your concerns and goals. Together, you will establish a plan of action geared toward meeting your needs. If you are ready to put back pain behind you, drop by The Joint Chiropractic in your community. With more than 475 locations nationwide, you are sure to find one nearby. And with no appointment necessary, getting started can be as simple as dropping by when you are finished working in your yard.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Duluth, Ga.