Raking Leaves Can Lead to Back Pain

By mid-October and early-November, the team at Carling Chiropractic suddenly starts to receive phone calls related to acute back pain.  Clients left work on Friday, and by Monday morning, their back was in agony.  When we ask for a quick recap of their weekend activities, a common denominator starts to appear: raking leaves.

RAKING LEAVES
Leaves Ottawa Carling ChiropracticRaking leaves can be a very strenuous physical activity.  Between the pushing, pulling and possible twisting motion while handling a rake, and the bending over to scoop into a bag or compost pile, your back is working overtime.  If you need to engage in a leaf-raking marathon, always treat your back with care and follow a few simple tips.

1. Warm up your muscles and spine with gentle stretches.
2. Take frequent breaks, and stay hydrated.
3. When lifting leaves or garden compost, remember to carry manageable loads, squat when lifting, and keep a neutral spine.

DON’T RAKE YOUR LEAVES
jefferson salamander Ontario by Andrea BirdIn a new report, scientists are urging homeowners to stop raking leaves.  The leaves and compost leave desirable layers of food and habitats for many critters, including chipmunks, toads, and Ontario’s lovely spotted Jefferson salamander.