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Discovering Southside
West Line to the Blue Ridge (Discovering series)

My Shelves Are Full
and So's My Heart

By Gert Slabach

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Depot Poker Run
Event Article

Event Photo Gallery

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"Treat Yourself To Art" - Photos
South of the (VA/NC) border - Art Gallery Event

The Straight Leg Infantryman
A Tribute
By Paul M. Steube

 

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South Winds
(Joy Of The Game)
By FCOIT

On The Funside
(Bringing the Family Closer for Halloween)
By Amy Hanek

Ask Bubba - Advice
(Parody)
A Bubba Thanksgiving


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Editor's Page
(Gratitude)

V & B Comics
(Verrnack & Blupirk - Fun in the Fall Woods)

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Doctors of Chiropractic often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.

 

  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.
  • 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.

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More Health Tips

10 Tips to Prevent Back Pain  -  Raking Leaves  -  Winter Activities
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Fensterer Chiropractic

Providing Chiropractic Care to families of Halifax County and the surrounding areas for over 10 years.

 

Fensterer Chiropractic is a member of
The Virginia Chiropractic Association
The American Chiropractic Association

Dr. Dorothy Fensterer
103 Main St.
South Boston, VA 24592
434-575-6470

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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