Living in the Midwest, dealing with snow is inevitable. As annoying as it may be, it’s a reality that we all must deal with. Not only is the snow annoying to deal with, but it can also be very dangerous for our health.
According to a study, shoveling snow results in over 11,000 Emergency Department visits each year! While shoveling snow is a necessary task that we all must face, it is extremely vital that one takes proper precautions before taking on this daunting task. Here is a few helpful tips and can really minimize the risk of ending up with pain:
I. Use proper form while lifting. It is important to bend your knees and use your legs while keeping your core strong and stable when lifting to reduce the amount of stress on your lower back. This is one of the top reason people suffer injuries while shoveling snow. It is important to make sure you do not do any twisting motions while lifting, as this loads your spinal discs with excess stress, causing them to breakdown and degenerate.
II. Make sure to stretch your muscles before you start to shovel any snow. Shoveling snow can be a pretty intense workout, so it is important to stretch and warm up your muscles before getting started, especially since most of the time this is done in cold temperatures. Cold temperatures causes your muscles to contract and tighten up, making them more susceptible to injury. Performing stretches and warming up your muscles will help your body deal with the physical stress of shoveling snow.
III. Stay Hydrated! In order for your muscles to function properly, it is important that you drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated will help keep your joints lubricated and muscles more elastic to help prevent injuries.
Our solution: if these tips doesn’t work, then you may have some underlying issues with your back. Call today at 952-300-8338 for a complimentary exam/consult to see how we can help.