How to Avoid Pain While Snow Shoveling
You can’t avoid shoveling. Even if you have a reliable plow guy and a snow blower, there are times, whether you like it or not, that you have to just pick up that shovel and get to work. For some, the knowledge of the pain that might be felt later that night is enough to make them cringe. However, regardless of age or what shape you are in, if you know how to shovel correctly, you can avoid the pain.
The main thing to pay attention to when starting your quest to remove that heavy, wet, white stuff is your posture. Your spine is your most vital and valuable tool when it comes to shoveling (or most every activity or chore for that matter). Standing tall and having good posture is the ideal way to begin. Rounding your back is the worst thing you can do when lifting anything, especially snow. The problem with snow is that you can’t accurately predict the weight you are taking on. But, if you keep your back straight and not rounded, you won’t put that extra strain on your spine and muscles around it. You should bend at the hip, like a hinge when you have to lean forward for the next load. The best technique to avoid back pain from shoveling is to lift with your hips and legs. As you do this, tighten up those ab muscles and follow through with the correct lift.
The most important thing you can do to avoid unnecessary back pain after an afternoon of shoveling is to know your limits. Going gung-ho when you are not prepared to do it all in a day is the best way to injure yourself. If you have any questions or concerns about back pain and snow shoveling techniques, give the Rochester NY chiropractic experts at Campanella Chiropractic and Wellness a call. We want to make sure you are able to safely shovel out no matter what Mother Nature throws our way.