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May 16, 2017


Be careful when engaging in spring gardening or yard activities.  Before you rev up the lawnmower or reach for your rake this spring, consider the possible consequences: upper or lower-back strain, neck strain and pain in the shoulders.


The American Chiropractic Association offers the following tips to help prevent spinal problems:


·         STRETCH (without bouncing)

o    10 to 15 minutes spread over the course of your work

o    Knee-to-chest pulls, trunk rotations, and side bends with hands above your head and fingers locked

o    Take a short walk to stimulate circulation

o    When finished with the yard work, repeat the stretching exercises

o    Ask Dr. Krebsbach about a stretching program that is right for you

·         Avoid the heat when possible.  If you're a morning person, get the work done before 10 a.m.  Otherwise, start after 6 p.m.

·         Stand as straight as possible, and keep your head up as you rake or mow.

·         When raking, use a "scissors" stance: right foot forward and left foot back for a few minutes, then reverse, putting your left foot forward and right foot back.

·         When mowing, use your whole body weight to push the mower, rather than just your arms and back.

·         If your mower has a pull cord, don't twist at the waist or yank the cord.

o    Instead, bend at the knees and pull in one smooth motion.

·         As you pick up piles of leaves or grass bend at the knees, not the waist.

o    Make the piles small to decrease the possibility of back strain.

·         Try ergonomic tools, they're engineered to protect you when used properly.


·         REMEMBER:

o    Drink lots of water (80 – 120 oz per day)

o    Wear a hat, shoes, protective glasses and gloves to avoid blisters

o    If your equipment is loud, wear hearing protection

o    If you have asthma or allergies, wear a mask


·         Visit Dr. Krebsbach to keep your spine looking as good as your yard/garden.

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