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A Pile of Snow Shoveling Tips




Snow shoveling requires a lot of energy and muscular activity. It can be a good form of exercise if you're in good health. However, it can also put people at risk for a back injury and other muscle strains. To limit wear and tear on your joints and muscles use proper snow shoveling techniques and follow the tips below.

Warm up your muscles before shoveling, by walking for a few minutes or marching in place. Stretch the muscles in your arms, legs and back, because warm muscles will work more efficiently and be less likely to be injured.

Use a shovel that feels comfortable for your height and strength. Avoid a shovel that is too heavy or too long. Keep the shovel close to your body. Space your hands on the handle to increase your leverage. Whenever possible push the snow instead of lifting it.

If you must lift the snow, you should face the snow you're about to shovel. Always keep your back straight, your knees bent, and throw the snow forward. Avoid throwing snow over your shoulder or twisting while throwing snow behind you as this can cause back strain.

Shovel often. Newly fallen snow is lighter than heavily packed or partially melted snow. Tackle heavy snow in two stages. Begin by skimming off the snow from the top, and then remove the bottom layer. Avoid overloading the shovel.

Don't try to shovel too much too quickly. Allow yourself enough time to do the work so you don't feel rushed. Follow a slow and steady pace. Take frequent breaks to stand up and stretch.

See what you're shoveling. Don't let a hat or scarf block your vision. Watch out for ice patches and uneven surfaces. Avoid falls by wearing shoes or boots with slip-resistant sole

Other safety precautions for your health that should be taken are: Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Avoid caffeine and nicotine before shoveling. Don't eat a large meal before shoveling. Dress warmly in layers with a hat. Cover your neck.

The information on the Living Well site should not be considered complete and is not intended to supplement, nor be a substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your doctor or other health care professional. You should never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this site.



Dr. Francine Lajoie, 140 Pleasant Street, North Adams, MA. 01247
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North Adams Chiropractor | A Pile of Snow Shoveling Tips. Dr. Francine Lajoie is a North Adams Chiropractor.