Physioworks. Is Back Pain Slowing You Down?

With winter comes snow, bringing with it the unfortunate possibility of getting snowed in. There’s only one way out– the likely back- breaking work of shoveling the snow from your driveway. Snow shoveling can lead to a number of health risks for many people, from back injuries to heart attacks. The following tips can help keep you safer when you set out to shovel: Warm up. Warm your muscles before heading out to shovel by doing some light movements, such as bending side to side or walking in place. Push rather than lift. Pushing the snow with the shovel instead of lifting can help reduce the strain on your body. Lighten your load. Consider using a lighter-weight plastic shovel instead of a metal one to help decrease the weight being lifted. Consider multiple trips. Consider shoveling periodically throughout the storm to avoid having to move large amounts of snow at once. Keep up with snowfall. Try to shovel snow shortly after it falls, when it is lighter and fluffier. The longer snow stays on the ground, the wetter it can become. Wet snow is heavier and harder to move. For more information about staying pain-free during the winter season, contact your physical therapist today at 253.850.9780! SNOW SHOVELING TIPS Stay Free From Injury With This Winter Season!

SERVICE SPOTLIGHT Take Advantage of Our Work Conditioning & Work Hardening Programs! Work Conditioning is a program designed to build your strength, endurance, and mobility to meet your job’s physical aspects and requirements. If you’re looking for options to prevent fatigue, injury, or physical stress on the job, take advantage of this 4-6 week program! Work Hardening is geared for more physically-demanding jobs, or for those looking to return to work for a specific occupation. This program also includes task simulations that may be included in your job to better hone physical capabilities for the occupation. Both of these programs are supervised by your personal occupational and physical therapists and are tailored specifically towards your goals and needs. We also work with you to determine the best scheduling for you! If you’re looking for tools to prevent or overcome your work injuries, call PhysioWorks today at 253.850.9780!




• 10 tbsp cocoa powder • 6 tbsp maple syrup • 1/4 cup almond butter • 1/4 cup unflavored pea protein powder • ½ tsp peppermint extract

• 1/4 tsp sea salt • 2-4 tbsp crushed candy canes • 2-4 tbsp dairy free chocolate chips (optional)

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DIRECTIONS Put everything except the candy cane or cacao nibs, chocolate chips and water into a bowl and mix well. Slowly add water if needed (You may not need any water if your almond butter is runny). Start with a teaspoon and slowly add until you get a well mixed batter. If you add too much then the batter will be too soft to roll. Add the candy canes/cacao nibs and chocolate chips and mix again. Allow to chill in the fridge while you clean up, then roll into balls. Recipe:


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