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Saanichton Chiropractic Group: Low Back Pain And Snow Shoveling

Updated: May 25, 2023

Snow shoveling is one of those wintertime chores that we all dread. Not only is it laborious, but it can also be dangerous. One of the biggest risks associated with snow shoveling is the potential for low back pain. We tend to get a snow storm two to three times a year in Saanichton BC.

Low back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and it is estimated that up to 80% of the population will experience it at some point in their lives. Snow shoveling is a particularly risky activity because of the repetitive strain it can cause on the back. The spine has to support the weight of the shovel and the snow, and the twisting motion of shoveling can put a lot of strain on the back muscles and joints.

To minimize the risk of low back pain from snow shoveling, it's important to take proper precautions. Start by warming up your body by doing some light stretching. This will help to prepare the muscles for the activity. When you’re actually shoveling, use good posture and technique. Keep your back straight and bend from the knees. Don’t twist your body when you lift the snow, and try to push the snow instead of lifting it.

It’s also important to take frequent breaks when shoveling. Every 10-15 minutes, take a few minutes to rest and stretch out your back. Drink plenty of water and take a few deep breaths. This will help to keep you hydrated and relaxed, and it will also help reduce your risk of back pain.

Finally, it’s important to know when to stop. If you start to feel pain in your back, stop immediately and rest. If the pain persists, feel free to give us a call at Saanichton Chiropractic Group, and your local chiropractors can help you out. Low back pain can be a serious condition, and it’s important to get it treated right away.

Snow shoveling can be a risky activity, but with the proper precautions, you can stay safe and minimize the risk of low back pain. Take the time to warm up before you start, use good technique and posture, take frequent breaks, and know when to stop if you start to feel pain. By following these tips, you can help keep your back safe and healthy this winter.

Snow shoveling is something that many of us do to clear our driveways and sidewalks during the winter months. Unfortunately, it can also be a cause of lower back pain if not done properly. Here are some tips to help you avoid low back pain while snow shoveling:

1. Warm up first. Before you even grab the shovel, do some light stretching to warm up your muscles and joints. A few jumping jacks or arm swings can go a long way in preparing your body for the work ahead.

2. Use the right tools. Using proper tools is essential for snow shoveling. A shovel with an ergonomic handle can help you keep your back in a neutral position, reducing strain on your lower back.

3. Push the snow, don’t lift it. When shoveling, try to push the snow instead of lifting it. This will reduce the strain on your back and make the job easier.

4. Take frequent breaks. Snow shoveling can be strenuous work, so it’s important to take frequent breaks to give your body a rest.

5. Lift with your legs. When you do need to lift the snow, make sure to use your leg muscles, not your back. This will help reduce strain on your lower back.

By following these tips, you can help reduce the risk of injury while snow shoveling and protect your lower back from pain. If you have any injuries or concerns give us a call at 250-223-0200 and your Saanichton chiropractors will be happy to help out!

Stay safe and stay warm this winter!


Dr. Mike Hadbavny

Saanichton Sports Chiropractor FRCCSS(C)

If you are interested in learning more about how chiropractic care in Saanichton can be effective for your particular condition or health goals, contact Dr. Mike Hadbavny at 250-232-0200 today to make an appointment and discover the many benefits of seeing a chiropractor in Saanichton BC. Contact us today.

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