How to Avoid Back Pain when Shoveling Snow

shoveling tips to avoid back pain

For those of us in Fort Wayne, shoveling snow will be an inevitable task at least a few times this winter. The thing is, snow is pretty heavy and most of us don't spend any time training for this particular "sport".  Many times, the additional strain brought on by shoveling snow can cause severe back pain and other injuries. 

If you suffer with back pain, hire a friend or neighbor to clear your drive or purchase a snow blower to avoid further back problems. With a snow blower, you can clear your driveway quickly and effortlessly.  You don't have to break a sweat, much less your back.  Gayle Shuster of Crescent Avenue Gardens, a Fort Wayne outdoor power equipment store, tell us:  "Once we sell a customer a snow blower, we inevitably hear that they wish they had purchased one years ago. However, make sure you get a snow blower that fits the task at hand. There are many different models of snow blowers to fit jobs from large to small. Picking the right snow blower will make the job easier and avoid overexertion and to help keep your back healthy and pain free!"

If you must shovel the snow yourself, follow these tips to  make sure you are shoveling snow safely.

The Shovel

The Technique

Much like any other strenuous activity, it is a good idea to warm up before you begin. March in place for a few minutes to get your heart pumping and do some shoulder and back stretches.


Pace Yourself

Back Pain Relief at Busch Chiropractic

Fort Wayne Chiropractor, Dr. Richard Busch of Busch Chiropractic has been successfully treating the back and neck pain of many patients for years.  If you suffer from back pain brought on by shoveling snow, call Busch Chiropractic.  Our back pain treatment options can provide the relief you've been looking for, so you can get out there and enjoy this winter!

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