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Back Brace Raking

Happy Tuesday! Dr Kelly here. Is a back brace right for you?

The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will involve the patient in the proper use of food, fresh air, and exercise. The doctor of the future will give no medication but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease—Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931)

If that is the case, then the human frame is very important. When you are going to put your body under extreme stress, wearing a brace is very beneficial. I like to think of raking leaves. While doing your normal routine, I do not recommend a back brace. When asking your body to perform a heavy load, giving it additional support is suggested. This keeps the body in the care of the human frame ideal! Preventing you from overextending yourself and causing injury.

wobble seat

Wobble seat.


  • Take your time.
  • Stop for breaks.
  • Rotate from side to side.
  • Bend with your knees.
  • Take smaller scoops of leaves.
  • If only half of the yard gets done, that’s OK.
  • Ask the neighbor kids to help.
  • You can stretch before AND after raking leaves!
Some ideal stretching/warm up before raking is the wobble seat exercises.
wobble seat exercise
You can also add in hamstring stretch.

hamstring stretch

Even overhead stretching.

overhead stretch

Wearing a back brace while raking can be the clue you need to be more aware of your body to reduce injury to your back. A back brace will distribute the load more evenly throughout the back.

back brace
My favorite back brace is the Aspen medical brace. They have studies and research on the effectiveness of wearing back braces. It has a patented compression mechanism that gives support but also allows for flexibility. It has additional tightening tabs too! These braces can only be prescribed by a healthcare provider. Text Back Brace to learn more about the back braces with offer at Tree of Life Wellness Center.

Yours in Healthy Naturally,
Dr. Kelly

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