Here are some snow shoveling tips from a chiropractor to help prevent back pain and injury:
- Warm-up: Before you start shoveling, it’s important to warm up your muscles and stretch your back, shoulders, and arms. This can help prevent muscle strains and other injuries.
- Use proper technique: When shoveling, bend your knees and keep your back straight. Avoid twisting or jerking motions, which can strain your back muscles. Use your legs and core to lift the snow instead of relying on your back muscles.
- Take breaks: Shoveling can be strenuous work, so take frequent breaks to rest and stretch your muscles. Try to avoid overexerting yourself by shoveling smaller amounts of snow more frequently instead of waiting until it piles up.
- Stay hydrated: It’s important to stay hydrated while shoveling, especially in cold weather when you may not feel thirsty. Drinking water can help keep your muscles and joints lubricated and reduce the risk of injury.
- Consider using a snow blower: If you have a large area to clear, using a snow blower can be a good alternative to shoveling. However, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and take breaks as needed.
Remember, if you do experience back pain or other symptoms after shoveling, it’s important to seek treatment from a healthcare professional such as a chiropractor who can help you address the underlying causes and prevent further injury.