3 Tips for Avoiding Injury Shoveling Snow

It’s that lovely time of year when its snowy, icy and cold! And that means it’s time to dust off the old shovel and get out there and move some snow. Unfortunately back injures from shoveling are one of the most common problems I see this time of year. Below are 3 tips to prevent injury when shoveling snow this year.

1-Push the snow whenever possible: Most injuries from shoving occur during the “lift and twist” phase when we’re actually lifting the snow to dump into a pile.  If possible it’s always best to push the snow rather than lift it.

2-When lifting do smaller amounts of snow: I know, I know. It’s much quicker to just pile as much snow onto the shovel as possible BUT this also dramatically increases the risk of low back injury.  Take the time to do small, manageable loads rather than hurry and do huge ones. This could save you days to weeks of pain from a low back injury.

3-When lifting, bend those knees and lift with your legs: This is one more additional step but instead of lifting and twisting in one motion take the time to lift straight up with your legs and then twist to deposit the snow. This simple motion can make all the different in avoiding injury while shoveling.

There you have it. The 3 tips to avoid injury. Wishing you a happy winter of pain free snow removal!


Austin EricksonAbout the Author

Dr. Austin Erickson is a chiropractor with offices in Glenwood City and the 4 Corners near New Richmond, Wisconsin. He is an expert at combining chiropractic treatment with nutritional advice to achieve excellent results. He has cured himself of psoriasis and autoimmune related arthritis using his protocols. Connect with him on Twitter and Google+


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