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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

ITS FALL!!!!

Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year, especially if you live in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky! With fall we enjoy the beautiful color from the changing leaves, the wonderful crisp air, and of course, FOOTBALL! It is also important for us to consider the impact the changing seasons have on our bodies and our health. As the snow starts to fall soon we see injuries related to shoveling snow, and with the arrival of fall we can see some of the same injuries from raking leaves and doing some necessary yard work.

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. 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.
  • 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.  (http://www.acatoday.org/content_css.cfm?CID=78)

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