4 ways to shovel your driveway without getting hurt

Woman Shoveling Snow

Here’s some ways to shovel your sidewalk and driveway

And avoiding injury at the same time.

Updated March 2nd, 2022

This year has been especially snow and wind-filled so I think it’s safe to say we’ve all done plenty of shoveling this year. 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. While it may not always be what we look forward to, it is still important to perform our shoveling duties with proper form and good mechanics in order to prevent injuries and pain during the wintertime.

There are multiple areas of the body that can be at risk for injury while shoveling including:

  • Low back
  • Hips
  • Shoulders
  • Knees

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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