||Shoveling is Risky to Low Backs
Shoveling snow can wreak havoc on the
musculoskeletal system. The American
Chiropractic Association suggests
the following tips for “exercise” of the
snow shoveling variety:
- If you must shovel snow, be careful. Listen to weather forecasts so you can rise early and have
time to shovel before work.
- 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.
- When you do shovel, push the snow straight ahead. Don't try to throw it. Walk it to the snow
bank. Avoid sudden twisting and turning motions.
- Bend your knees to lift when shoveling. Let the muscles of your legs and arms do the work, not
- Take frequent rest breaks to take the strain off your muscles. A fatigued body asks for injury.
- Stop if you feel chest pain, or get really tired or have shortness of breath. You may need
immediate professional help.