The seasons are changing, and that means people all over the Midwest will be searching for their rakes – and soon after, their shovels. Many of our fall and winter patients come to IMPACT Physical Therapy and Chicago Recovery Room after a long day raking leaves or shoveling snow. It doesn’t have to be this way, though. With the proper raking and shoveling techniques and tools, you can minimize the risk of back injury.
Remember, if you have a history of back pain, consult with your doctor or physical therapist on tasks like raking and shoveling. Even with the correct posture and form, it may be best for you to get help from a family member or neighbor.
Whether you stretch before or after your workout, you probably already know that you should plan to stretch when you exercise. Before you even go looking for that rake (or shovel), you should remember that spending an hour or two clearing your yard or driveway is exercise; it might be more exercise than you’ve done in a while.
If you’re looking for physical therapy to treat your back injury, you’re in the right place! Even the most prepared person can injure themselves while shoveling or raking. Physical therapy can help manage that pain, strengthen your back muscles, and give you the tools you need to take better care of your back in the future.
IMPACT Physical Therapy offers a wide range of specialty services at our clinics in Chicagoland and Central Illinois. Request a virtual visit today to get started on the road toward a pain-free life!