Removing Holiday Lights can be Dangerous, too.

What goes up, must come down. Be just as careful on the ladder when you’re removing your holiday decorations as you were when you put them up.

A reminder … If you’re going to climb a ladder, check your ladder before you use it. If there are bent or broken rungs, replace the ladder before you climb.

Don’t climb a ladder alone. Have someone nearby who can steady the ladder while you climb.

Don’t let your kids or a helper climb the ladder with you. Believe it or not, having more than one person on a ladder is a common cause of falls from ladders.
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A Fall from a Ladder can Ruin Your Holiday

If you’re going to hang your own holiday lights or decorations out of doors, then be aware of how many people fall from ladders in the pursuit of a little holiday cheer.

If you’re going to climb a ladder, check your ladder before you use it. If there are bent or broken rungs, replace the ladder before you climb.

Don’t climb a ladder alone. Have someone nearby who can steady the ladder while you climb.

Don’t let your kids or a helper climb the ladder with you. Believe it or not, having more than one person on a ladder is a common cause of falls from ladders.

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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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Shoveling Snow can be Dangerous

With the recent snow falls, it’s a good reminder that snow shoveling can cause injuries.

Lower back strain is the most common injury caused by snow shoveling, but falling and being hit by a shovel is another significant risk for cuts or broken bones. Kids are 15 times more likely to suffer injuries from being hit with a snow shovel than adults.
Overworking muscles in the hands and arms is another common result of snow shoveling.

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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Cautions of Snow Shoveling

Snow shoveling can be an intense workout, especially if you’re not used to doing it. The combination of stress on the heart and the cold temperatures can lead to a heart attack. If you’re not in shape, shovel a little at a time, then go in and relax and warm up before shoveling more. If you have sore muscles after shoveling, come in for a good neuromuscular massage.

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Heavy, Spring Snow and Your Health

Heavy, spring snow can present a challenge to your health if you need to shovel your walks and driveway. The strain of shoveling in these conditions can lead to exhaustion or worse.

Take it easy. Don’t try to fill the shovel completely before moving the snow. Use an ergonomic shovel to help move the snow to the edges of the driveway instead of trying to lift and throw the snow. If you feel chest pain or shortness of breath. Stop. If the symptoms continue, call 911.

If you injure your back or if you feel stiff and sore after shoveling, a good neuromuscular massage can have you feeling better quickly.
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Spring Snow can Present a Challenge to Skiers and Snowboarders

When the champagne powder turns to springtime slush, skiers and snowboarders risk injury to knees and ankles because your technique may need to change to fit the snow conditions. It is more difficult to carve turns or make quick movements when the snow is wet and heavy.
 
After a day of skiing or snowboarding in spring conditions, a good neuromuscular massage will help relieve any stiffness or soreness after that workout.
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Taking Care of Common Winter Sports Injuries

Unfortunately, there are obstacles such as trees, lift towers and rocks that can cause head and spinal injuries if you have a collision. Staying in control and checking your speed are the best ways to prevent collisions. Wearing a helmet is the best way of preventing catastrophic head injuries. If you are involved in a serious collision, you should seek help from the ski patrol, or at the closest medical facility. There’s no sense in taking a chance with a head or spinal injury.

After a collision injury, chances are pretty good that you will experience generalized muscle aches. This is a good time to come in for a thorough neuromuscular massage. A full massage will help you to regain strength, mobility and range of motion while your body recovers from the collision.
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Tennis Requires Core Strength

tennis-player-healthTennis uses most of your core muscles, and puts particular strain on your elbows and shoulders. A good stretch before and after you play will help keep you from injury. If you’re still stiff and sore, come in for a good neuromuscular massage. ‪#‎MarktheSpotMassage‬