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Leaf Raking Tips

by | October 15, 2019

For anyone who wants more information on leaf raking tips, I have included a link to a PDF file for you below. I hope you enjoyed the Video Post and I hope you learned something.

Video Transcript

Hello. My name is Dr. Bryan Royer and I’m here to give you some healthy hints for harmony. Today we’re gonna talk about tackling your yard. We’re gonna give you some leaf-breaking tips. Every fall I end up getting a handful of people who hurt themselves from doing a little bit too much work in their yard. And the idea going over this is to help to prevent some of that. So here we go.

Of the things to remember is that yard work is exercise and you should treat it that way. You don’t wanna do too much stuff at once. Otherwise that can lead to strains and sprains, blisters things along those lines. You can do some warming up by doing some needed chest stretches, some trunk rotations and some side bends. Also to warm up, you can take a short walk and also repeat some of those stretches as well before you get going with your yard work.

When people rake, they usually rake wrong. One of the things they do is bend forward too much, or they twist to the side or bend to the side as they rake. And those are bad positions for your low back. They can cause sprains and strains and they can also cause other bad problems like disc herniations.

When you rake, it’s a better idea to stand upright as you rake, as opposed to bending forward. You wanna keep your chin back so you don’t cause any problems with your neck. And as you rake, you wanna actually step with the rake, cause that is gonna leave you in a better position and make sure that your back doesn’t overexert itself.

As you clean up and go to pick up the leaves, make sure that you don’t bend forward at the waist. That again, as most people know is a bad position for the back. As opposed to lifting wrong and bending at the waist, make sure that you bend at your knees and not the waist. And remember not to push it. If you’re back or your knees start to bother you because you’ve been doing too much work, the yard can wait and you can come back to it later.

Remember that you can use tools like a tarp, and then rake onto the tarp. And that’s actually a really good way of getting your leaves to the curb if you need to. Some rakes, even come with a cushion that are used to prevent blisters. And make sure that you drink plenty of water when you’re working out in the yard.

Another thing that you can do to prevent back problems is to pay somebody, to take care of your yard. You make them happy and you can go in and enjoy the rest of your day. Maybe go take a nap or something like that.

Thank you for watching Healthy Hints For Harmony. More information on tackling your yard can be found on my website and blog at www.harmonychiro.com. And you can also go and like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/chiro.


Dr. Bryan D. Royer has been practicing chiropractic medicine in the Toledo area since 2005. He graduated summa cum laude as the class salutatorian from the National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) in 2004. Dr. Royer’s earned a Bachelor of Science with a major in biology from the University of Dayton in 1999 and another Bachelor of Science with a major in human biology in 2002 from NUHS. He is the only Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist practicing in the Toledo area and is also a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician® (CCSP®). Dr. Royer is the only healthcare provider in the Toledo Area to be certified in Graston Technique® and he is also a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner (CKTP). He is a member of the American Chiropractic Association, the Ohio State Chiropractic Association, the International Association of Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation, the ACA Council on Neurology and the Kinesio Taping Association. He currently serves as the Secretary and Treasurer of the Northwest Ohio Chiropractic Association and has done so since 2010.

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