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November

Raking Leaves

Before you rev up the lawnmower or reach for your rake this fall, consider the possible consequences: upper or lower-back strain, neck strain and pain in the shoulders.

Just as playing football or golf can injure your body, the twisting, turning, bending, and reaching of mowing and raking can also cause injury if your body is not prepared. Like an athlete, if you leap into something without warming up or knowing how to do it, the chances of injury are greater.

What Can You Do?
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) offers the following tips to help prevent the needless pain yard work may cause.

  • Do stretching exercises, without bouncing, for a total of 10 to 15 minutes spread over the course of your work. Do knee-to-chest pulls, trunk rotations, and side bends with hands above your head and fingers locked. Take a short walk to stimulate circulation. When finished with the yard work, repeat the stretching exercises.
  • Stand as straight as possible, and keep your head up as you rake or mow.
  • When it’s still warm outside, avoid the heat. If you’re a morning person, get the work done before 10 a.m. Otherwise, do your chores after 6 p.m.
  • Wear supportive shoes. Good foot and arch support can stop some of the strain from affecting your back.
  • 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.
  • Bend at the knees, not the waist, as you pick up piles of leaves or grass from the grass catcher. Make the piles small to decrease the possibility of back strain.
  • When mowing, use your whole bodyweight 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. Instead, bend at the knees and pull in one smooth motion.
  • Drink lots of water, wear a hat, shoes and protective glasses. And, to avoid blisters, try wearing gloves. If your equipment is loud, wear hearing protection. If you have asthma or allergies, wear a mask.
  • Try ergonomic tools, too. They’re engineered to protect you when used properly.
  • If you do feel soreness or stiffness in your back, use ice to soothe the discomfort. If there’s no improvement in two or three days, see your local doctor of chiropractic..

COVID-19 PRECAUCTIONS BY
CONSHOHOCKEN CHIROPRACTIC REHAB

TO ALL PATIENTS AND FRIENDS,

The health and safety of our patients and employees is our top priority. We are closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and continuously assessing its potential impact on our operations. We are open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 8:00 am to 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

In the attempt to minimize the risk of COVID-19 Conshohocken Chiropractic team members are continuously sanitizing and deep cleaning all areas of our offices and treatment rooms. Hand sanitizer is available at all areas of our office. If not visible, please ask any employee to direct you to the items. Our janitorial crews have been instructed to be extra cautious about disinfecting high-touched areas including door handles, countertops, restrooms and treatment tables.

We have had no reports of suspected cases of COVID-19. If  any employee experiences any COVID-19 symptoms, they will be instructed to stay home and seek medical treatment.  Conshohocken Chiropractic is committed to minimizing the spreading of the virus and protecting our patients and staff as best as possible by being prudent and prepared.

Sincerely,
Dr. William Tsoubanos