Shoveling snow is a common cause of back pain and can exacerbate an existing back condition. It is a very physically straining activity and there are the right ways to shovel snow!
☑️Perform simple stretches before you go outside.
☑️Dress warmly to keep your muscles warm and increase blood flow.
☑️Drink water to avoid the risk of dehydration during strenuous physical activity. This can prevent muscle cramps.
☑️Avoid early mornings or right after waking up from sleep to shovel.
☑️Shovel multiple times during a big snowfall to avoid shoveling deep heavy snow.
☑️Have a sturdy grasp of the hand grips and choose the right size shaft for your height and arm length.
☑️Use a shovel with metal blades.
☑️Spread sand, rock salt, or kitty litter on the sidewalk or driveway to avoid slipping on ice.
☑️Keep the back straight and bend your knees to lift with the leg muscles.
☑️Stabilize your back with core muscles.
☑️Keep the shove's load close to the body.
☑️Take frequent breaks every 10 minutes.
☑️Stretch again when you are done shoveling and drink more water.
☑️Get regular and routine chiropractic care to avoid back injury during strenuous activities including shoveling snow!
Hope everyone is staying safe and enjoying the beauty of winter❄️