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How To Shovel Snow Properly So You Won’t Get Hurt

Friday, January 07, 2022

Big snow storm coming today, well it’s already here. And today what I want to do is I want to show you guys how to shovel properly. And I’m going to show you what to do so you don’t get hurt today, or tomorrow, or the rest of the days that it’s supposed to be snowing. I typically got about 10-12 people that come to the office because of back pain, and this is from shoveling the wrong way. Most of us are not used to shoveling snow. (Come on over, Luis.) And I’m going to show you the top ways that people get hurt shoveling snow.

And number 1, most people don’t warm up, so they don’t spend any time doing a very simple stretch, stretching their back, doing some very easy side bends. Alright, they don’t do that, they just go straight into the shoveling and that’s the number 1 reason that people get hurt. The number 2 reason that people get hurt is that the way that they shovel snow, so I’m going to show you what most people do, so most people will go ahead and they’ll shovel their snow, they’re bending the back, and then from this bent position, alright, they’re going to take the snow, they’re going to twist their back wrong, and then they’re going to throw the snow, and they’re going to continue to do this the wrong way, alright, for hours and hours, depending on how thick the snow is. Now, that’s how you’re going to get hurt.

The second thing is waiting for the snow to get super piled up, and when the snow gets very heavy, they’re also going to get hurt. So, what is the right technique on how to shovel snow? Number 1, same thing, you got to bend at the knees. So you’re going to bend at the knees, and from this position you’re going to twist and you’re going to throw the snow. Again, it seems like a very small detail, so you’re going to bend at the knees, alright, and you’re going to twist your body this way, and you’re going to throw. Which is very, very different than doing this, which is what most people are going to do. Will you finish faster the wrong way? Absolutely. But you’ll finish, and hurting yourself the next day, when you can’t get out of bed. So again, I’m going to repeat, what should you do? Bend at the knees, twist your body this way, and go right ahead.

And this is how you’re going to avoid getting hurt during this snow shoveling season which hopefully, it’ll finish in the next 3 days. If you do get hurt, we’re here to help you. So just call our office and we’ll be more than happy to help you out. Enjoy your snow day.

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