Chiropractic Tips for Snow Removal
Winter is here and snow removal is a major problem for many people. The following tips are offered for shoveling driveways and walks:
1. Warm up: Before beginning any snow shoveling, warm-up for five to ten minutes to get the joints moving and increase blood circulation. To do this march on the spot, climb stairs, or go for a quick walk around the block. Follow this with gentle stretches for the back (knee to chest), arms and shoulders (body hug), and legs (forward bends from a seated position). This will ensure that your body is ready for action.
2. Don’t let the snow pile up: Removing small amounts of snow on a frequent basis is less strenuous in the long run.
3. Pick the right shovel: Use a lightweight, non-stick, push-style shovel.
4. Use non-stick cooking spray or WD-40 on the shovel to avoid the snow from sticking to it.
5. Push, don’t throw: Push the snow to one side and avoid throwing. If you must throw, avoid twisting and turning. Position yourself to throw straight at the snow pile.
6. Bend your knees: Use your knees, leg, and arm muscles to do the pushing and lifting while keeping your back straight.
7. Watch for ice: Course sand, ice salt, ice melter, or kitty litter can help give where you walk and drive more traction, reducing the chance of a slip or fall.
8. Wear proper footwear: Shoes and boots with solid treads on the soles can help to minimize the risk of slips and falls.
9. Take a break: If you feel tired or short of breath, stop and take a rest. Make it a habit to rest for a moment or two for every 10 to 15 minutes of shoveling. This is especially important if the snow is wet and heavy. Stop shoveling immediately if you feel chest or back pain.
And consider this before shoveling
Those most at risk for a heart attack include:
Anyone who has already had a heart attack.
Individuals with a history of heart disease.
Those with high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels.
Individuals leading a sedentary lifestyle.
If you are inactive and have a history of heart trouble, talk to your doctor before you take on the task of shoveling snow.
Be heart smart! Don’t eat or smoke before shoveling snow. Avoid caffeinated beverages. These are stimulants and may increase heart rate and cause blood vessels to constrict.
If you experience pain of any kind, stop immediately and seek assistance. If you do overdo it, your chiropractor can help you feel better and prevent more injury. Complete Chiropractic Allentown Chiropractor