Sunday, October 23, 2005

Raking without Wrecking Your Back

How to rake leaves without killing your back ...

"As the cool weather descends upon us and the foliage falls, the yard clean-up begins. But, before you pick up that rake and attack the leaves covering your acreage, Dr. Kate McDonough offers tips for keeping your spine healthy this autumn.

Use the right tools. Yes, this sounds silly, but, you can seriously strain your back using a rake that is too small or too large for you. Test the weight, comfort and grip before purchasing or using a rake. As with snow shovels, manufacturers are producing ergonomically correct rakes which are designed to relieve some of the pressure to your back during raking.

Loosen Up. Raking is exercise, and you should always stretch out before your “workout”. With hand on hips, bend slowly backwards and return to upright position. Then do the same alternately to the left and right, coming back to upright position each time. Repeat each bend ten times.

Skip the Twist. Although Chubby Checker would be disappointed, there should be no twisting of any kind. Trying to get to those leaves behind you or under the lilac bush? Instead of reaching and twisting, move your entire body to face the area you are raking. This way, you avoid overextension and strain of the muscles."   continued ...   (Via ClickPress)

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