Raking Leaves and Chiropractic

Chiropractor KennesawFall is considered by many people to be the most beautiful season, especially here in the Kennesaw area but it also means it’s time for yard work. Raking leaves can be a great workout since you can burn up to 300 calories per hour. Unfortunately, since we only rake the leaves a few times a year, our bodies are not conditioned for the stress load. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 28,000 people suffered injuries from raking per year.

Here are some tips from Chiropractic Center of Kennesaw to help protect your back and joints this fall. 

Use a good quality rake 

It may seem like a lighter rake would be easier on your back and shoulders, but actually a heavier, ergonomic rake will allow you to do less work. The ergonomic style rakes also means less twisting is required.

Warm up and stretch first 

Burning 300 calories an hour constitutes raking as a good aerobic exercise. As with any exercise, it’s important to warm up first by taking a brisk walk. Stretching before and after you rake will loosen up your muscles and will encourage them to be less sore when you’re done in the yard. Focus on stretching your back and neck, shoulders, and legs.

Rake using small sweeping motions 

Don’t use long sweeping motions. Remember to move with the sweeping to avoid twisting your spine and over-reaching. Switch your hand positions frequently to distribute the workload evenly between your right and left sides.

Be sure to drink plenty of water

Drink water before, during, and after raking your leaves. When our bodies become dehydrated, it can lead to muscles fatiguing early and becoming sorer later.

Plan accordingly 

If you know your body is de-conditioned and you expect to be sore afterwards, schedule your chiropractic adjustments before you spend the weekend raking. This will ensure your back will be ready and able to handle the strains of the work. Scheduling an adjustment prior to exertion can correct any existing spinal problems that will cause unnecessary pain.

Rest 

Our bodies heal the most while we rest. Making sure your spine is well aligned after you rake is important for muscle and joint healing to occur.

Take as good a care of your body as you do your lawn. Schedule a regular program of chiropractic treatments to maintain your spinal health during regular or periodic exertion. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Todd Supnick at our Chiropractic office in Kennesaw, call us at 770-262-1909 or use the convenient “Contact Us” feature on our website.

 

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