Shovel Light To Save Your Back!
We’ve had a couple reminders that winter means snow! As you are getting your snow clearing gear ready, start thinking about how to shovel safely.
Shovelling Tips - Before, During and After:
Before you start shovelling:
Stay hydrated - this is an issue throughout winter months for many people
Dress in layers - If you start to get too warm, you can remove a layer and still be warm
Wear proper footwear - Better treads means you’re less likely to slip and fall
Use the right shovel - A lighter, smaller shovel will minimize the weight of the snow you try to move. Using a push style shovel reduces lifting… until the snow pile gets high.
Warm up before starting - A brisk walk, swinging your arms will loosen up muscles and help to prevent injuries
Techniques for shovelling:
Push, don’t throw - Push the snow to the side for as long as you can. If you must lift the snow to put it on a pile, face the pile directly… don’t twist!
Bend your knees - Do a squat keeping your back straight and as upright as possible.
Stabilize the shovel with your arms and then straighten the knees. This will mean you’re using your whole body to lift and not just your back.
When you're done shovelling, you're not done yet! Take a few minutes to stretch out your arms, hands, neck, back and legs and then sit down with a nice big glass of water!
If you do hurt yourself when shovelling, book a chiropractic appointment as soon as possible. You will be assessed to see what type of treatment is best for a quick recovery.
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