Tips to Avoid Snow Shoveling-related Injuries

March 10, 2018

 

During the winter months (and sometimes even fall and spring) snow is inevitable in our city, and shoveling is a reality. Although mostly everyone does it, not everyone keeps their body in mind while they shovel.

According to a Move Well Fit article, shoveling is great exercise, but only when done right. Shoveling snow incorporates core, strength and cardio training in one – working out the obliques, legs, back muscles and more.

Because of this, it’s important to be mindful of your body while shoveling. According to the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors, approximately 11,500 individuals in the United States (U.S.) experience a shoveling-related injury. Here are a few tips to ensure you won’t be one of them,

Warm-up

Stretching before shoveling ensures you won’t over-work the muscles used.

Choosing the Right Shovel

Buying a shovel that is made for snow; also, considering your height in choosing the length is important.

Shoveling Technique

Make sure to squat and bend your knees when picking up snow to avoid straining your back.

For more information on techniques to prevent injuries, call or book an appointment online to talk to one of our healthcare professionals.