Tips for Shoveling Snow

March 2, 2011 at 12:39 pm Leave a comment

Staff Sgt. Phillip Bridges shovels the drivewa...

Hear the Instant Replay of the Live Radio Interview on 95.9 WATD-FM on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011.

At the end of this live radio interview (after the conversation on colleges), you’ll get tips on shoveling snow without killing your back.

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The Aches and Pains of Shoveling Snow

We’ve had so much snow this year that you probably have a sore back from shoveling.

Most injuries are in the lower back from muscle strain.  To get you ready for the next snow storm, we checked in with the Massachusetts Chiropractic Society.  Here are suggestions for staying safe:

  • Believe it or not, you should stretch before you shovel (is this an exercise class or chore?!)
  • Layer clothing to keep your muscles warm and flexible.
  • When you do shovel, push the snow straight ahead.  Don’t try to throw it.  Walk it to the snow bank.  Avoid sudden twisting and turning motions.
  • Bend your knees to lift when shoveling.  Let the muscles of your legs and arms do the work, not your back.
  • Take frequent rest breaks to take the strain off your muscles.  A fatigued body asks for injury. (In other words, have a cup of hot chocolate, throw snow balls at the kids and then go back to shoveling.)

If you need help and feel you have an injury, you can go to a local chiropractor to relieve the pain.  Go to Massachusetts Chiropractic Society’s website, http://www.masschiro.org, to get more information.

Also, try yoga and pilates, but talk to the instructor before the class to make sure you get special attention or instructions on how to modify the moves to support your lower back.  (Pull your abs in as hard as you can!)

Be safe shoveling!

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