7 Tips for Raking Leaves with Less Back PainNov 7
Repetitive bending, lifting and twisting increases stresses on your low back muscles and joints, causing fatigue, pain and possibly even injury. These tips will help minimize those risks.
Tip 1: Warm up
Prior to starting, take a walk to improve blood flow and loosen up muscles as bending forward to stretch may increase back pain.
Tip 2: Make the rake fit you
Use a rake that correlates with your height to avoid compromising your posture and straining your muscles.
Tip 3: Watch your posture
Keep your legs slightly bent, weight centered, and reach with your arms and not your back. Take plenty of breaks to stand up and gently stretch into a back bend three to five times every 20 minutes.
Tip 4: Switch hands
Avoid over-stressing muscles with repeated motions in the same direction; switch your lead arm to prevent muscle exhaustion.
Tip 5: Rake smart
Rake with the wind to help your efficiency and consider using a tarp to transport leaves to avoid repetitively bending forward to pick up piles. Consider using a leaf blower to save time and energy.
Tip 6: Drink plenty of water
Your muscles need water to function optimally, meaning they coordinate with each other to support your physical activity.
Tip 1: Wear appropriate apparel
Wear good supportive footwear and consider skid-resistant soles to decrease the stresses placed on your feet, legs, and subsequently back. Wear clothing appropriate for maintaining a comfortable body temperature.
As always, if you’re experiencing persistent back pain, we’re here to help. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.