How To Shovel Snow Without Hurting Your Back

snow shoveling back pain
How To Shovel Snow Without Hurting Your Back

Every winter, we see patients with shoveling-induced back injuries and pain 😳 

Shoveling snow is exhausting. It can be pretty tough on your body, especially when it’s wet and icy.  

When you mix improper form with a physical chore that you don’t do very often, you’re asking for trouble. As a snowy winter approaches, take a minute to brush up on tips for shoveling snow safely. 

Avoid Back and Shoulder Pain When Shoveling Snow!

  • Layer clothing to keep your muscles warm and flexible. 
  •  Shoveling can strain “de-conditioned” muscles between your shoulders, in your upper back, lower back, buttocks and legs. So, do some warm-up stretching before you grab that shovel.
  • Bend your knees and let the muscles of your legs and arms do the lifting – not the back! 
  • Brace. Your. Core. A tight core will protect your back as you lift and rotate the upper body.  
  • Avoid whipping your back into an arched position. 
  • Take frequent rest breaks to take the strain off your muscles. A fatigued body is susceptible to injury!

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