Dr. Keefe would like to thank Bob Corso and the entire team at WHSV for taking the time to visit Shenandoah Chiropractic and interview him on proper snow shoveling techniques. It is important to remember that snow shoveling can be a very strenuous event, and perhaps even dangerous for certain individuals. Snow shoveling is one of the more common causes of back injuries during the winter months, and can be life threatening for individuals with a history of heart or vascular disease. By following some of these simple rules you can lessen you chance of injury.
- Start by assessing your health: consult your physician if you suffer from cardiac issues or are not feeling well.
- Consider purchasing a self-propelled snow blower or hiring a snow removal service if you have a history of health problems.
- Be aware of how you’re feeling throughout shoveling. Take frequent breaks, and stop immediately if you become dizzy or short of breath.
- Prepare in advance. Make sure your tools and equipment are in good working order and accessible prior to snowfall.
- Stretch before and after shoveling.
- Start slow and go easy until your muscles have warmed up.
- Dress appropriately and wear layers to keep yourself at an optimal temperature.
- Avoid excessive bending and twisting at the waist.
- Shovel frequently during heavy snowfall, and lift only what you can.
- Bend your knees and use your legs as much as you can when throwing the snow. Simply push the snow when possible.
- Stay hydrated by drinking water often! Remember, fluids containing alcohol or caffeine will dehydrate your body.
For more information about Shenandoah Chiropractic, or to contact Dr. Keefe, call 540-442-8555.