Thursday, March 5, 2015

Stay Safe While Shoveling - By Dr. Jardon

More snow so watch your shoveling mechanics.

Limit bending and twisting combinations by bending your knees as you bend forward and come back up. Do not twist to throw the snow until you are standing upright. Limit twisting by moving your feet towards the direction you're throwing it. Bending/twisting combinations can "unhinge" the facet joints, allowing more strain on the protective muscles and ligaments.

Also, make sure you're warmed up in the morning by stretching beforehand. Dress warmly.Take it easy for the first 5 mins and, as you warm up with the activity of shoveling, you can safely speed up. Also helpful, don't try to do it all at once. Do it in shifts.

But, here's the best advise, get a snow blower!

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