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Shovelling Snow…………Look After Your Back!

Published: Sunday, 13th January 2013

Shovelling Snow…………Look After Your Back!

Try to avoid back pain when you are out there in the snow.

Tips and Advice for a Sensible Approach:-

  • Wear good shoes or boots to avoid slipping.
  • Try not to do too much snow clearing in one go - you will be bent over putting quite a strain on your lower back.
  • Have frequent breaks by stretching upright to change your position from being bent forward - lifting snow is heavy work and puts strain on your neck too.
  • Remember to move your feet to face the direction you are moving - this avoids too much twist on your back.
  • Take steps forward rather than reaching.
  • When you have finished avoid sitting for too long as you will stiffen up. Move after about 20 minutes out of a sitting position.
  • When sitting keep your back well supported.
  • If your back is aching after all the snow clearing, consider lying down to support your back for a short period instead of sitting. Lying on your back with your knees bent up, feet on the floor is good to relax your back muscles.

In Summary: Remember, exercise is good for you but be sensible to avoid injury. Avoid being stooped over for too long. Avoid twisting your back by moving your feet. Do not lift too much heavy snow at once. Avoid sitting for too long afterwards.

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