And with more snow in the forecast, it’s a good time to remember some tips for shoveling.
If you haven’t been lifting weights or don’t work out a lot – take smaller scoops at a time. The weight of a shovel of this heavy snow is significant. You can easily load 10 or 15 pounds in a shovel, depending on the size of your shovel. Be careful as you fling that snow – we have seen many patients come in with muscle and/or joint pain over the past 15 years from shoveling snow.
Take your time! Shoveling snow can be a workout. It will elevate your heart rate just as if you were working out in the gym. Be sure to take rest breaks just as you would during a strenuous workout at the gym. And just as you would at the gym, be sure to have some water – you can still become dehydrated in the cold.
Use proper lifting technique. Just as you would on moving day – be back safe. Be conscious that you’re not hunching over and lifting with your back. To prevent injury: use a shovel that is the proper length for you, improve your leverage by holding your hands further apart on the handle, and bend your legs a little rather than leaning over the shovel.
Take care and safe shoveling.
And should you need an adjustment or massage after your shoveling adventures, we’re here. Call us at 303-790-6000