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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:

[if !supportLists]· [endif]STRETCH (without bouncing)

[if !supportLists]o [endif]10 to 15 minutes spread over the course of your work

[if !supportLists]o [endif]Knee-to-chest pulls, trunk rotations, and side bends with hands above your head and fingers locked

[if !supportLists]o [endif]Take a short walk to stimulate circulation

[if !supportLists]o [endif]When finished with the yard work, repeat the stretching exercises

[if !supportLists]o [endif]Ask Dr. Krebsbach about a stretching program that is right for you

[if !supportLists]· [endif]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.

[if !supportLists]· [endif]Stand as straight as possible, and keep your head up as you rake or mow.

[if !supportLists]· [endif]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.

[if !supportLists]· [endif]When mowing, use your whole body weight to push the mower, rather than just your arms and back.

[if !supportLists]· [endif]If your mower has a pull cord, don't twist at the waist or yank the cord.

[if !supportLists]o [endif]Instead, bend at the knees and pull in one smooth motion.

[if !supportLists]· [endif]As you pick up piles of leaves or grass bend at the knees, not the waist.

[if !supportLists]o [endif]Make the piles small to decrease the possibility of back strain.

[if !supportLists]· [endif]Try ergonomic tools, they're engineered to protect you when used properly.

[if !supportLists]· [endif]REMEMBER:

[if !supportLists]o [endif]Drink lots of water (80 – 120 oz per day)

[if !supportLists]o [endif]Wear a hat, shoes, protective glasses and gloves to avoid blisters

[if !supportLists]o [endif]If your equipment is loud, wear hearing protection

[if !supportLists]o [endif]If you have asthma or allergies, wear a mask

[if !supportLists]· [endif]Visit Dr. Krebsbach to keep your spine looking as good as your yard/garden.

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