The leaves have been taking their time coming down this fall. This has people scrambling to get them off their lawn before the holidays. That makes it even more important that you do not do anything that will hurt your back.
As the cliché goes “lift with your legs”. The same is true when it comes to raking. Don’t bend over to reach the leaves, squat with your legs; let your quads and hamstrings do all the work, not your back muscles, joints and discs.
Step towards the leaves, don’t bend over reach for them. This bending, and especially twisting puts a lot of torque stress on your lower back.
Take breaks and drink water. With December raking you may not feel hot or feel you need a drink. Your body is still working and muscles (even leg muscles) need the occasional break along with rehydration to prevent injury and cramps. As I tell all my patients who participate in cold weather sports, you MUST drink water to keep yourself hydrated.
We’re getting to the end of the year, the last thing you would want to do is hurt your back. Follow these easy raking instructions for good back health. If you ever need our services we are located at 161 N. Franklin Tpke in Ramsey, NJ – 201-825-6601.