Winter weather can wreak havoc on your body. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) urges you to follow these tips to help you stay healthy and pain free while shoveling snow:
- Shoveling snow can cause pain and injury to your body, so be cautious; listen to weather forecasts so you can rise early and have time to shovel before work when the snow is lighter.
- Shoveling can strain “de-conditioned” muscles so it’s important to do some warm-up stretching before you start.
- When you shovel, push the snow straight ahead. Don’t try to throw it to the side. Walk it to the snow bank and avoid sudden twisting and turning motions.
- Always remember to bend your knees to lift when shoveling. Let the muscles of your legs and arms do the work, not your back.
- Take frequent breaks.
- Stop if you feel chest pain, feel tired or have shortness of breath. You may need immediate emergency medical help.