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How To Avoid Straining Your Back While Shoveling

by Valerie Stevens

The amount of snowfall keeps on increasing in much of North America and so does the chance that you'll hurt your back shoveling it off your driveway and sidewalks. If you want to avoid back pain, there are some things you can do to minimize the stress on your back when moving lots of snow. Thousands of people are hurt each year shoveling snow, and most injured shovelers reported hurting their lower back. Here is how you can help prevent injuring your back when shoveling snow.

Warm-Up Your Body

Shoveling snow is a form of exercise and you should warm-up your body just like you would if you were going to the gym for a work-out. Take a few moments to stretch and move your body around so blood starts flowing to all your muscles before you grab your shovel. Warming up your muscles will help reduce the risk of injury that is common when people start shoveling when their muscles are cold.

Pick Your Shovel Wisely

There are numerous ergonomically-designed shovels on the market today that will help reduce the strain on your back muscles as you shovel snow. These shovels are made with a curved design that limits the amount of bending over you will have to do, and some shovels come with an adjustable handle that can extend to your desired length to further reduce the stress your back. Choosing a shovel made of light-weight plastic also helps reduce the amount of weight you'll have to lift with every load and can help protect you from straining you back.

Be Patient While Shoveling

You might not like shoveling and want to get it over with as quickly as possible, but working too fast also increases the chances you will hurt your back. Limit the amount of snow you are going to lift with your shovel to decrease the chances of hurting your back by lifting too much at one time—this is especially important if you are shoveling wet and heavy snow and ice. Smaller loads might mean it will take longer to shovel the sidewalks and driveways, but it can also help prevent you from writhing around in pain because you've hurt your back by over-working it.

You can do things to minimize the strain on your back while shoveling snow, but if you do end up hurting back, call your local chiropractor (such as Dr. Paul Lyons) to help you get some relief right away.