Preventing Shoveling Injuries

No one wants to deal with seasonal back pain and injury-

Winter activities, specifically snow shoveling can place great strain and stress on the spine.
Beat mother nature’s snow fall this year- try these preventative tips from Dr. Hall.

Did you know shoveling can place stress on the spine, leading to low back strains and verterbral disc damage? Research show that the most common shoveling injuries are to the low back! Ouch! There are many factors that lead to injury, including:

  • Over-exertion
  • Poor posture
  • Slips/Falls
  • Ignoring warning signs
  • Improper footwear

11,000 Adults and kids report injuries every year with snow shoveling mishaps.

Here are a few of Dr. Hall’s top tips to prevent seasonal injuries

  • Stretch- Neck, back and schoulder muscles
  • Maintain an upright position
  • Avoid twisting
  • Bend from the knees- NOT THE BACK
  • Take frequent breaks
  • push the snow instead of lift
  • Don’t overload the shovel

 

But Good NEWS! Shoveling burns calories!~ A 180lb person burns 180 calories in 30 mins while shoveling!

And if an injury occurs, call our office. We are here to help!

Fortunately, chiropractors are ready, willing, and able to treat people with shoveling injuries, returning them to healthy form in no time.

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