Since we just got out first big snow of the year, I thought this would be a great time to write this post. Shoveling snow can reek havoc and be quite taxing on your body if your body is not ready for the activity. It can lead to back injuries and even heart attacks. With that in mind, be sure to follow these quick tips to lessen your risks
- If you smoke, are sedentary, or have had a previous heart attack, you are at increased risk, so start slowly and take frequent breaks.
- Drink plenty of water. 70% of the population is dehydrated and you probably need some water any way. Just because it’s cold out doesn’t you won’t get dehydrated shoveling.
- Use a small shovel. This helps reduce the amount of stress you put on your low back since you cannot lift as much snow at a time.
- When you do bend, bend at the hip and knees, and not your back. You should be able to keep your back from flexing with proper form.
- Listen to your body! If you start to hurt, stop immediately. If you feel your heart pounding in you chest, quit and come back when you it has returned to normal. The snow can wait, it’s not worth hurting yourself or dying over.
I hope these quick tips help to keep you safe and healthy this winter. If you do hurt your back while shoveling snow, the sooner you get in and get adjusted, the faster your body will heal itself. So don’t wait and hope it goes away, see your Fort Collins Chiropractor today and get adjusted!.