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“Learn How To Ask For Help This Season.” BENEFITS FOR GAINING ASSISTANCE WITH SHOVELING SNOW
Inside: • 6 Benefits Of Good Posture
• FREE Back Pain Analysis
• Relieve Back Pain In Minutes
• Patient Success Spotlight
Use an ergonomic shovel. It will help if you can minimize the degree you need to bend forward to shovel, so consider using a shovel with a curved handle, which will allow you to stay in a more upright stance. An adjustable length shovel can also let you shorten the handle length, so you are not straining to lift heavy snow that’s too far away from your body. Avoid shoveling whenever possible. If you have lower back pain, snow shoveling is one of those activities that you should avoid whenever possible. Here are some options to get you started thinking about how to avoid shoveling this year.
Find a volunteer to clear your snow. Many local nonprofit organizations require teens and young adults to provide a certain number of service hours in their community. Assisting someone with back pain by shoveling their driveways and walkways will almost always count towards their required minimum of service hours, so it’s a win-win: they will be helping you by shoveling your snow and you will be helping them fulfill their service requirements. Use a snow blower instead of a shovel. Use the power of your legs to propel the machine forward, keeping your back straight (don’t hunch forward) and your knees slightly bent.
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