- Rake in small piles - This limits the weight and therefore the resistance when bending and twisting.
- Pull the leaves toward you - Rather than standing sideways and twisting repetitively, rake from in front of you directly back toward your feet, limiting rotation
- Hold the end of the rake - This limits flexion or bending
- Take your time and take a break
- Bend your knees when picking up the piles - Use your leg strength to pick up the leaves rather than bending from the hips and putting extra forces on the spine.
- Take a walk afterward - Limiting all bending and twisting is nearly impossible. Following your raking session, go for a short walk (1/2 mi) This pumps fluid with vital healing properties in and out of the disks, helping to offset the recent forces placed on the spine.
- Finally, if all of the above fail and you find yourself in pain, give us a call. We will have you back up and on your feet in no time. Fall is no time to be down, there are too many fun family activities to enjoy.
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