Grand Rapids

(616) 458-8063

Lake Odessa

(616) 755-1211

Grand Rapids (616) 458-8063
Lake Odessa (616) 755-1211

Grand Rapids (616) 458-8063
Lake Odessa (616) 755-1211

Proper Ergonomics for Shoveling Snow

During the winter, one of the most common reasons people experience back pain is due to shoveling snow. Proper ergonomics is key to pain management and unnecessary injuries during this time of year. That's why our team at Simple Truth Chiropractic in Grand Rapids has put together some helpful tips to remember when shoveling snow this winter.

Tips to Prepare Your Back for Shoveling Snow

If you think about it, manually shoveling show is actually a form of physical activity and exercise. That's why it's so important to prepare your back and body for shoveling the same way you would if you were exercising. We recommend performing simple stretches to warm up your muscles. In doing so, you are loosening up your muscles, improving blood flow throughout the body, and preparing your spine to support all of your muscles for the activity. Our chiropractors can teach you helpful stretching and strengthening exercises during your next consultation to prevent shoveling injuries from occurring.

Tips to Use Proper Ergonomics While Shoveling Snow

Make sure you keep your back straight while shoveling and bend with your knees. You want to work with your hips and leg muscles rather than your back. When using your shovel, make sure one hand is placed on the handle, and your other handle is roughly a foot lower than that. This will help you keep your spine and body stabilized.

When you pick up the snow and need to dump it, pivot your entire body instead of twisting your spine. However, push it whenever you can to ease the stress on your back and body. In addition, do what you can to keep the load as close to the body as possible, which will minimize how much you need to move your arms. In turn, this reduces the amount of exertion on your arms, shoulders, and back.

Contact Us for Back Pain Management from Our Chiropractors in Grand Rapids

These tips can help reduce your chances of suffering a back injury while shoveling snow. However, if you experience back pain, don't hesitate to contact our team at Simple Truth Chiropractic for natural relief.

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Grand Rapids

Monday
9:00 am - 1:00 pm 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 1:00 pm 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 1:00 pm 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Monday
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Tuesday
7:30 am - 11:30 am 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thursday
7:30 am - 11:30 am 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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