With Old Man Winter here, that means snow- and ice-covered sidewalks and streets are abound. This obviously presents the increased risks of slips and falls and strains from shoveling snow. So, this winter here are a few tips to consider keeping yourself safe and healthy.
• If you must shovel snow, be careful. Listen to weather forecasts so you can rise early and have time to shovel before work.
• Layer clothing to keep your muscles warm and flexible. Shoveling can strain “deconditioned” muscles between your shoulders, in your upper back, lower back, buttocks and legs, so do some warm-up stretching before you grab that shovel.
• When you do shovel, push the snow straight ahead. Walk it to the snow bank; don’t try to throw it. Avoid sudden twisting and turning motions, especially while trying to lift a shovel of snow.
• Bend your knees to lift when shoveling. Let the muscles of your legs and arms do the work, not your back.
• Take frequent rest breaks to take the strain off your muscles. A fatigued body asks for injury.
• Stop if you experience chest pain, get really tired or shortness of breath. You may need emergency assistance.
Dr. John Fulkerson, DC at Tulia Family Chiropractic is ready to help with your spinal care and find answers to your questions. You can reach us at 806-995-4699 or www.tuliafamilychiro.com.