With winter coming ahead, many people are dreading the long hours that come with shoveling snow. In winter, we might forget our mittens or boots or we might even forget our posture when it comes to cleaning our driveway. Snow and ice create a hazardous situation for everyone. If you or someone you know has experienced muscle strain or back pain from shoveling snow, you probably are aware of the dangers involved. Muscle strain or back pain from shoveling snow is very common. Muscles are strained when a muscle that has already been stretched is abruptly forced to contract. What this usually looks like is the muscle receiving a direct blow, the patient falling, or often-simple overuse or overstretching causing the muscle fibres to tear. The symptoms of a strained muscle usually involve noticeable loss of strength to the muscle, acute pain in the muscle itself, and the inability to use the muscle without causing further pain. Swelling is also often present in a muscle strain.
Fortunately, chiropractors are ready and willing to treat people with shovelling injuries. The number one goal is to return the patient back to a healthy form in no time! As a chiropractor, we will determine what is causing your winter pain. A comprehensive exam will be done to determine what is causing your pain. This exam includes taking a medical history, assessing the injury and evaluating the body. Once a diagnosis has been determined based on the injury, the chiropractor will then treat the area with various techniques including but not limited to:
Besides dressing properly for the snow and using the proper shovel there are a few tips that you can follow to make shovelling safer for your back!
Be safe and happy shoveling!