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Posted on 01-17-2017

Snow Shoveling Safety: What You Need to Know

family in the snow after snow shoveling.

Shoveling snow can be a dangerous task, especially for older adults. At Hinze Chiropractic & Acupuncture, we do our best to educate our patients and help them avoid low back pain and other muscle injuries related to shoveling.

Shovel early and often - Shoveling early and frequently throughout the winter will prevent a buildup of snow and ice on your sidewalk and driveway. This makes the job easier and helps you avoid shoveling-related injuries.

Warm up before beginning - Warming up your muscles before going out in the snow will help you avoid muscle strain. Marching in place, doing a few arm circles and performing a few torso rotations can all help your circulation and can loosen your muscles to prevent problems.

Use a plastic shovel -Plastic shovels are much lighter than metal shovels, which can help make the job less physically challenging for you.

Give yourself ample time - Shoveling quickly is more likely to result in injuries and pulled muscles. Give yourself ample time to shovel to prevent yourself from rushing the job.

Chiropractic Care Can Help Treat Muscle Injuries

At Hinze Chiropractic & Acupuncture, we use a variety of natural techniques to help our patients recover from their injuries, including:

Spinal adjustment - This technique helps realign the vertebrae and restore proper functioning to the central nervous system.

Stretches and exercises - We teach patients to do stretches and exercises that can help improve range of motion after an injury occurs.

Lifestyle advice - Our lifestyle advice can teach patients how to avoid shoveling related injuries in the future.

Contact Your Chiropractor in Columbus

At Hinze Chiropractic & Acupuncture, we're your source for chiropractic care in Columbus. We offer chiropractic care for back pain, neck pain treatment and other injuries related to snow shoveling. If you're experiencing lower back pain after shoveling or engaging in other physical activity in Columbus, contact us at (402) 564-9447 for an appointment. We'll help treat your low back pain.

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