4 ways to shovel your driveway without getting hurt
Here’s some ways to shovel your sidewalk and driveway
And avoiding injury at the same time.
Living here in North Dakota and Minnesota, shoveling snow during the winter can turn into an almost daily task at times. It may be the last thing you want to do at 5:30 am or after a long day of work, but nonetheless it needs to get done. And this year has been especially snowy and I think it’s safe to say we’ve all had enough. Performing your shoveling duties with proper form and good mechanics is key to preventing injuries or pain during the winter time.
There are multiple areas of the body that can be at risk for injury while shoveling including:
Here are some quick and easy tips to help prevent common mistakes and injury while shoveling:
Use an ergonomic shovel or shovel appropriate for your height (This will help lessen the amount of bending you have to do)
Keep core engaged and back straight (in neutral)
Bend at your hips and knees
Keep a good wide stance with your feet facing the shovel
Using these techniques and tips can help keep you pain free during the winter months. If you do happen to injury yourself while shoveling, call us to set up an appointment!
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