It’s that time of year again – snow is starting to come down and pile up in our driveways, porches, and sidewalks! It’s time to break out our shovels and get to work! Shoveling snow can be not just a physically demanding task, but a potentially dangerous task as well. It’s important that we take care of our bodies while we clear off our driveways!
While keeping up with your specific adjustments at Alive Chiropractic, it is important to be mindful of actions that may be adding too much stress on your spine and nervous system. Here are some useful tips to keep in mind while shoveling snow in order to protect your body from physical stressors.
1) Choose a properly sized shovel. Shovels with curved handles and adjustable handle lengths are ideal. Make sure your shovel isn’t too large or too small. This can put unneeded stress on your back and shoulders if you’re leaning over too much!
2) Warm up first! Cold muscles are more prone to injury. Take a few minutes to do some yoga by the fire or strech yourself out before entering the wintery weather.
3) Proper posture will also help keep your body happy while shoveling snow! Have your shoulders and hips pointing towards the snow shovel. This will keep your body from twisting in an awkward position.
4) Keep each shovel load LIGHT. It’s much better for shoveling snow take a little bit longer than for you to tweak something trying to lift a heavy shovel!
5) Remember to watch out for patches of ice in order to avoid slips and falls! Ice hides underneath heavy snowfall, so be careful!
6) DELEGATE! If you’re older, prone to falls, or working through a health concern, shoveling snow is not for you! Ask a friend, family member, or neighbor if they can help you out this winter.
We enjoy witnessing your healing progress as expected while you are under neurologically based care at Alive. Remember, stresses like shoveling snow may be unavoidable, but with a clear nervous system and proper spinal and pelvic structure your body can deal with these stresses much better! Are you not yet a patient at our office? Take advantage of our new patient special by clicking here to see how neurologically based chiropractic care can keep you on your feet this winter!