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Raking Leaves Without Back Pain

Raking leaves can be one of the more pleasurable chores of autumn, especially if you know how to use a rake without straining your back.

The American Chiropractic Association offers some tips to help you stand and move properly while raking so you don't end up spending your winter lying on the sofa in back pain.

Before you start, do some simple stretches to loosen your muscles and help your circulation. Stretch your hamstring (the muscle in the back of the thigh) by propping your heel on a step and leaning forward, feeling the stretch. Next, stretch the muscles in the front of your thighs by standing, balancing yourself and then holding your foot in front and pulling your heel to your buttocks.

For your upper body, hold your hands together over your head, fingers entwined and palms facing outward, and lean to each side for about 10 seconds. Do this three times. Then wrap your arms around yourself, hugging yourself, and rotate your body from side to side as far as you can.

To rake without strain, you should change your stance as you work. Start raking with one foot forward and the other back, then switch foot positions every few minutes so you're using your muscles differently. If you're bending over to pick up leaves, bend your knees, not your back, to lower your body. Keep the leaf piles small so you don't strain your back picking them up.

Then, you can feel fit while you enjoy your clean yard.

More information

For more on lower back pain, you can go to the Medical Encyclopedia.


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