Snow Shoveling Syndrome

Now that we have gotten a nice taste of winter, many of you are coming in with sore backs from shoveling.  It’s a job that has to get done, but as with most things, there is a right way and a wrong way to shovel snow!

Here are a few things to remember:

1. Use the right tool for the job: some shovels are meant for pushing, others for scooping.  If yours is a push shovel, you’ll have a hard time lifting the snow into piles and you’ll likely hurt yourself in the process.

2. Pace yourself!  Listen to your body and know when to take a break.  Shoveling snow is a very strenuous process.  If you’re starting to feel tired or sore, go inside for a break.

3. When you lift snow into piles, do it straight in front of you, not twisting to the side.  Bending AND twisting at the same time with a load of snow puts EXTREME strain on your lower back.

4. Drink water! Even though it is cold outside, snow shoveling is a heavy workout and you will need hydration.

5. Get a head start!  It’s easier to shovel thin layers of snow instead of waiting for the full dump!  When possible, shovel snow several times while it is still accumulating.

Hopefully you have a safe and pain-free snow shoveling experience this winter.  If something goes wrong though, come on in and we’ll get you fixed up!

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