Shovel, Shovel, Toil and Trouble?

Shovel, Shovel, Toil and Trouble?

Waking up this morning was another reminder that winter may not be over yet. Here are some more shoveling tips from Dr. Everett Scott of Sport and Spine Rehab of Fort Washington and the American Chiropractic Association. And remember, since this is Heart Health Month, per Dr. Marc Gillinov of The Cleveland Clinic ?If you’re shoveling snow, and you get pressure in your chest; stop. That could be your heart.”

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) recommends taking the following precautions when working in inclement weather:
Shoveling snow can also wreak havoc on the musculoskeletal system. The ACA suggests the following tips for exercise of the snow shoveling variety:

? If you must shovel snow, be careful. Listen to weather forecasts so you can rise early and have time to shovel before work.

? Layer clothing to keep your muscles warm and flexible.

? Shoveling can strain “de-conditioned” muscles between your shoulders, in your upper back, lower back, buttocks and legs. So, do some warm-up stretching before you grab that shovel.

? When you do shovel, push the snow straight ahead. Don’t try to throw it. Walk it to the snow bank. Avoid sudden twisting and turning motions.

? Bend your knees to lift when shoveling. Let the muscles of your legs and arms do the work, not your back.

? Take frequent rest breaks to take the strain off your muscles. A fatigued body asks for injury.

? Stop if you feel chest pain, or get really tired or have shortness of breath. You may need immediate professional help.

Shoveling snow can be a lot of fun or it can wreak havoc on your body if done incorrectly. We at Sport and Spine Rehab, encourage you to take heed the ACA?s tips. We wish you a safe and fun rest of the winter season! Now who?s up for some hot cocoa?


Dr. Everett Scott, DC, CKTP
Doctor of Chiropractic, Fort Washington MD

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