Tis the Season for Raking Injuries!

A few of my patients have been doing so much better, they decided to rake for several hours! Here is a quick vid I made on proper form for both vacuuming and raking, both of which have similar form.

Key points

  • avoid bending at the lower back and repetitive twisting
  • lunge into each movement, accepting weight onto the front leg
  • the leg that is back is the same as your vacuuming arm or rear raking arm
  • use your front leg to push the weight back onto your read instead of excessive use of your arm and trunk muscles
  • switch sides every 2-3 minutes
  • if performing for prolonged periods, do some full backward bends in standing to offset possible repetitive forward bending

  • limit the activity to 30 minutes before taking a short break


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