The air is getting colder, the holidays are approaching, and the leaves (or snowflakes) are falling! In the days and weeks leading up to the holiday season, most people inevitably find themselves outside in their yards either raking or shoveling snow. Raking or shoveling can be the most strenuous of household tasks and you should take proper precautions in order to avoid back strains and other injuries.
We’re addressing these two different types of activities in a two part blog. First, we’ll address raking piles and piles of leaves.
Clearing your yard of leaves is a whole body workout that places stress on muscles and joints. Here are a few tips to help minimize injury due to this type of activity:
As with any new activity, you may feel muscle soreness in the following days. Light stretching for the arms, back, and legs as well as ice or heat on the sore muscles will help alleviate any soreness. If after a few days, you are still not back to normal, make sure to schedule an appointment for an injury screen with one of our therapists at a location near you.
Athletico’s Spine Specialists are in your neighborhood. Call us anytime your aches and pains get you down.