by Mike Landry, PT
Autumn is a beautiful time of year, however, that beauty quickly turns to increased demands for work around the yard. Raking leaves can be a good source of exercise but is not without risk of injury to the back or arms.
Here are a few tips to help you stay injury free around the yard this season.
- Before starting any tasks, warm up for 5 minutes with a brisk walk or stepping in place.
- Avoid twisting the spine while raking leaves by raking the leaves in a front to back fashion while keeping your feet moving and keeping your back straight.
- When bagging leaves avoid bending over at the waist, instead squat or kneel down and push the leaves into the bag or use a bag holder.
- When moving numerous bags of leaves to the curb, use a wheelbarrow to decrease the stress on your back and shoulders.
- Finally, consider the use of an ergonomically designed rake with a padded handle.
For further information on how you can stay injury free this fall call Empower Physical Rehabilitation at 865-8100.