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Leaf Raking

a forested path in autumn with yellow and orange leavesWell, it’s that time of year again & chiropractors are already thinking about their patients & the issues they encounter when raking leaves. It seems that the world at large is generally non-compliant when it comes to following the advice of their chiropractor with regards to this unique fall occurrence, and as a result, chiropractic practices can usually expect to flourish in Oct & Nov.

The rules are simple:

  • Warm up or stretch or get in a little better shape before attempting to rake. Do some lunges with both legs/ hips & a few reps of the CatCamel move to increase fluidity in your spine
  • Rake your entire property in 1 morning/ afternoon; do it in stages if you’re not fit
  • Purchase one of the upright metal frames that can hold a bag of leaves, grass trimmings, etc. They are far easier to load
  • Use a light, plastic, wide rake that can easily hold a large pile of leaves; place 1 hand on top of the load & transfer it to the upright bag
  • Remember: try to bend from your hip sockets while maintaining a ‘neutral’ lumbar spine (forward curvature)!
  • As soon as you’re finished, before you cool down, do a few more reps of the same exercises. You’ll be glad tomorrow.

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