Proper Shoveling Techniques
With the imminent threat of heavy snowfall heading straight for your driveway, you probably need copious amounts of mental/physical preparation for this winter. Shoveling is a regular winter activity that we all, unfortunately, need to accomplish. However, it is imperative that we understand the potential hazards that can be stimulated from engaging in the action. Thankfully, your local Port Jefferson chiropractor, Dr. Sophia Argeropoulos, recommends keeping these tips in mind so that you can evade throwing out your back or experiencing other injuries:
Refrain from using your back
Perhaps the most crucial aspect of shoveling is using the proper technique when lifting the snow. Occasionally, some people have a tendency to hunch over and lift with their back instead of their legs. This can be a real problem, as forcing your back into an awkward position can potentially be very harmful to your lumbar area. In addition, if you feel pain in this area even though you’re using the correct technique, consider giving yourself a break.
Lift with your legs
If you want to properly lift the snow without injuring yourself, then using your legs is certainly the best way to go. Squat your body downward without hunching over with your back, then scoop out the snow and lift yourself upward with your legs only.
Toss the snow forward
Another tendency when shoveling is to throw the snow over our shoulder. This could be harmful to your upper body, especially if the snow is heavy and dense. Instead, after scooping it with your legs you can toss it forward onto the designated location for pile up.
Even though shoveling is considered a strenuous workout, that doesn’t give you an excuse to wear light clothing. The weather is still frigid and you need to protect your body from the excessive cold. Wearing snow pants and a heavy jacket should suffice in keeping you warm. Remember to wear boots or shoes with strong traction so that navigating through the snow and ice won’t be an issue.
As mentioned previously, there’s no need to wear yourself out from shoveling. Giving your body a rest will benefit you further in the long run. Perhaps you could even consider visiting a Port Jefferson Chiropractor such as Dr. Sophia Argeropoulos to help assist you in your recovery.
If you’re interested in visiting a Port Jefferson chiropractor, contact Dr. Sophia Argeropoulos for an appointment and consultation today.