ACT Wellness Center

Snow Shoveling Safety Tips

As the snow begins to fall this afternoon, it reminds me that shoveling snow can be strenuous and, if performed improperly, downright dangerous. Typically we see many patients with sore bodies and joint pain right after a snow storm. When it comes to shoveling snow, the key is being heart healthy and back friendly with prevention.  I share the following information with my patients every year; feel free to pass it on.

The physical stress of shoveling snow consists of bending, lifting and twisting.  If you combine this with the exposure to freezing weather conditions, it can take a serious toll on your body. When done correctly, shoveling snow can be a good workout. When you consider that the average shovel-full of snow weighs 5-10 pounds, the average driveway holds hundreds of pounds of snow. Typically your back, shoulders and arms take the brunt of it all. The cold air can numb the feelings of pain and fatigue, so you may not notice soreness for quite a while. Unfortunately, pain is a sign that an injury has already occurred!

Proper snow shoveling techniques can make a big difference in how you feel the next day. Here are some snow shoveling safety tips:

For questions related to lifting heavy objects, chiropractic ergonomics or extremity adjustments, feel free to  contact me, ACT Wellness Center, 2894 Garber Way, Woodbridge, VA., 703-491-9355, www.actwellness.com.

Author: Carmelo Caratozzolo CCSP, CCEP Google+