Winter is upon us, and it is one of our favorite times of the year. We love the season’s festivities, but we also encourage all of our patients to be safe when working or playing in the snow and ice that may come our way. By following these pointers, you can stay injury-free this winter!
Safety when shoveling snow
Shoveling can be great exercise and is necessary for keeping your sidewalks and walkways safe, but doing it the wrong way can cause painful lower back injuries. Treat shoveling like any other weight-lifting exercise — that means warming up before you grab your shovel and stretching both before and after the chore.
Don’t procrastinate! It’s much easier to shovel freshly fallen snow than wet snow that has been packed down.
Instead of lifting the snow with your shovel, push it forward in small amounts. This simple change will save you from many back injuries and a trip to our chiropractic office in Vancouver!
Keep your legs bent and back straight, then “sit” into the shoveling movement. This will allow your large muscle groups to do most of the heavy work, taking strain off your back.
If you feel wiped out, take a break! Don’t push yourself too hard.
Winter sport safety tips
Freshly fallen snow makes most of us feel like kids again, but don’t just bolt onto it without warming up first. Take a few minutes to loosen up your muscles and stretch before heading out for any winter activities. Stretch gradually to really increase your blood flow, lengthen your muscles and reduce your risk of injury.
If you do suffer from an injury this winter, give us a call to make an appointment. Our team of chiropractors in Vancouver WA will have you up and running again in no time!