Lessen the Risk of Injury from Shoveling Snow

Here are a few suggestions for shoveling snow to lessen the risk of injury:

Warm up with some light exercise before you go outside to shovel.

Wear slip-resistant shoes or boots.

Take frequent breaks. There’s no rule that you have to get all of the shoveling done at once.

Push the snow out of the way rather than trying to lift it, especially if the snow is more than a few inches deep.

Don’t throw the snow over your shoulder. The twisting motion from side to side may stress your back.

If you suffer an injury as a result of shoveling snow, a good neuromuscular massage will help you lessen the pain and regain your range of motion in time for the next snow fall.

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