By Our Therapist, Danielle Mitko
Protect your back this winter with these tips!
- When shovelling snow try to lift lighter loads and choose a shovel where the handle is not too short to avoid bending too much at the back.
- The back does not tolerate twisting motions as well as other movements so try to avoid this by facing the direction you want to unload the snow
- TAKE BREAKS! Shovelling is a heavy activity, take periodic rests and perform some back extensions (standing upright with hands on hips and bending backward) to take a break from all the forward bending during shovelling.
If you or someone you know is experiencing back pain, contact a Physical Therapist to receive treatment immediately!
FACT: EARLY PHYSICAL THERAPY INTERVENTIONS FOR BACK PAIN LEAD TO BETTER REDUCTION IN PAIN LEVELS AND DECREASE CHANCES FOR CHRONICITY.