Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Pretty soon--falling leaves
Raking leaves, says Kaixuan Liu, MD, founder and president of the Atlantic Spine Center, requires a lot of movements--twisting, bending, lifting, reaching.
Ways to avoid leaf-related injuries:
--Stretch before a raking session--back, leg, and shoulder muscles, neck. Hold each stretch 30 seconds.
--Avoid twisting. Don't just plant your feet and twist around to get to accumulations. Let your feet do some of it.
--Don't hunch over. Keep legs should-width apart, bend knees slightly. Make sure your rake is the right size to prevent leaning over.
--As you gather leaf piles, bend at the knees. Leaves don't look heavy, but they can be.
--Take a break every 15-30 mins.
--Stretch gently when you are done and headed for the couch.
If you still get aches and pains, esp 24-48 hours later, ice the area for 20 mins.
Another good method is to get your kid to do the raking.