Preventing Back Injuries When Shoveling Snow

Winter is a season filled with family fun, cozy nights by the fire, and the tough but necessary task of shoveling snow. If done without proper caution, shoveling snow can lead to injuring your back and other parts of your body.

Fortunately, there are measures you can take in order to prevent injuring yourself while shoveling snow this year.

Shoveling Snow Safely

Before Heading Outside

Stretching has proven benefits when performed prior to exercise. And these same benefits apply when going out to shovel snow. At Merckling Family Chiropractic, we can teach you the most effective stretches for back pain and how to do them safely.

While You’re Shoveling

  • Shovel the snow in a straight, fluid motion
  • Lift with your legs, not your back
  • Take breaks as needed
Shoveling Snow Hard on the Back

When the snow starts to come down this winter, keep this information in mind in order to prevent unnecessary strain on your back and joints.

 
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