Raking Leaves

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.

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