There’s snow on the ground here in Ohio and your Gahanna Chiropractor wants to make sure that when you get out there to shovel your driveways and sidewalks, you’re not injuring your back at the same time. Today we’re going to give you some basic snow shoveling tips that you can use all winter long so that you don’t strain or injure your lower back.
- It’s all about the technique! Make sure that before you start shoveling that snow, you take some time to warm up your muscles and stretch so that your body is prepared for activity.
- Where you place your hands on the shovel is just as important as where you place your hands on a golf club. Remember not to grip your hands to closely together but rather create some distance between them. This is going to give you better leverage while making it easier to lift that heavy snow.
- Be conscious of your posture while shoveling and try to maintain a natural curve in your spine.
- Your feet placement is just as important. Try to stand with your feet about shoulder distance apart when shoveling to help maintain balance. Keep the shovel close to your body and always bend at the knees. As you lift the snow with the shovel, tighten your core stomach muscles to protect your lower back.
- Don’t throw the snow up and over your shoulder as you’re shoveling it. Always go forward.
- Remember, fresh snow is inherently lighter in weight so try to get out and shovel it as soon as it falls.