Craven: Prevent Back Pain When Shoveling

HEALTH

“ Do You Know How To Shovel Snow Safely? ” PREVENT BACK PAIN WHEN SHOVELING

December, 2017

Warm up your muscles Coldmuscles aremore susceptible to injury, so warm up the large muscles in your lower back before heading out to shovel the snow. For example, start by placing a hot water bottle or heating pad on your lower back for 10 - 20 minutes, followed with some light aerobic exercises to get your blood moving. Then do some gentle stretching. Some peoplemay find that putting a ThermaCare Heat Wrap, or other brand of adhesive heat wrap, on their lower back not only keeps their back muscles warmed up but also helps remind them to pay attention to ergonomics and form.

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