How to Shovel Snow Safely
This West Coast winter, we have been having more than our usual share of snow and cold spells. We, in the Lower Mainland, are not used to this crazy weather. Snowstorms, several inches of snow, and all the chaos that goes with it!
This kind of winter weather brings a lot of snow and so many problems with it. I’ve treated several patients with incidences of low back and shoulder pain after shoveling. Most people hurt themselves from sudden exertion and overloading the spine. So, I wanted to share some tips on how to shovel snow safely.
To prevent injury, it is good idea to warm up before and stretch after the shoveling to prevent back injuries. Here are a few simple stretches which can be done after shoveling. These stretches may be held for 15-20 seconds and repeated a couple of times on each side.
If you have a known medical condition, please consult your doctor before shoveling and if you do get aches and pains that last more than a couple of days then do consult your local, trusted physiotherapist.
Written by Anant Chilimbi, Registered Physiotherapist
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