The winter months can be harsh on the body as is, and the strenuous task of shoveling does not make it easier. Here are some tips on how to prevent back pain while shoveling:
Bundle up in warm clothing to avoid muscle stiffening due to the cold temperatures.
Try to push the snow forward with the shovel rather than lifting and tossing the snow to prevent strain on the lower back.
If lifting and tossing the snow is necessary, remember to lift with your legs to take the pressure off of the spine.
Finally, you can always take breaks to rest your muscles during shoveling if needed.
Don’t forget, regular chiropractic care will help keep the body loose and functioning. A properly aligned spine can help take the pain out of shoveling.