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Winterize your back

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NEW YORK (PIX11)-- Before you rake leaves or shovel snow, Kirstin Cole has information on how to make sure you don't injure yourself during these strenuous fall/winter tasks.

Shoveling for snow and raking for leaves will be the most physically challenging exercise many people will engage in all year. Considering 9 out of 10 of us have back problems… that’s a recipe for disaster.

Tony D'Angelo of Professional Physical Therapy in Chelsea offers the following tips:

Before shoveling or raking, avoid:

-alcohol
-cigarettes
-caffeine

During shoveling or raking:
-hydrate
-take frequent breaks
-counteract all that bending over with small, supported back bends during your breaks (Hands on hips, elbows pressing back and towards each other, and leaning backwards.)

1 Comment

  • donna

    Great information I have been doing it wrong for years no wonder why my back always hurts after and heart pounding because I drink coffee before I go out

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