Okay, I don't really have anything fun about snow shoveling, I just couldn't think of a title that wouldn't look too boring. I'm not sure on the timeliness of this blog, since many people have probably already been out shoveling. With this snow being as heavy as it is, I thought this info from the Ontario Chiropractic Association would be helpful. After all, Canadians know their snow.
According to a poll from Canada, 73 percent of Ontario chiropractors say improper shoveling technique is the most common cause for winter back pain problems. The Ontario Chiropractic Association recommends the following tips to avoid injury.
1. Before beginning any snow removal, warm up for five to ten minute. Include some light aerobic activity, such as marching in place, and some stretches for the back, shoulders, arms and legs.
2. Don't let the snow pile up. Removing small amounts of snow on a frequent basis is less strenuous in the long run.
3. Use a lightweight push-style shovel.
4. Push the snow and avoid throwing it as much as possible. If you have to throw, avoid twisting and lifting. Position yourself to throw straight at the snow pile.
5. Bend your knees. Use your knees, leg and arm muscles to do the pushing and lifting while keeping your back straight.
6. If you feel tired or short of breath, stop and rest. Stop shoveling immediately if you feel chest or back pain.
In addition, The American Chiropractic Association suggests layering clothing to keep your muscles warm and flexible.
Be careful this weekend, everyone!