Safe Body Mechanics While Shoveling Snow
- On March 5, 2015
Welcome to Spagnoli Physical Therapy’s new website! We want to thank all of our current and future patients for choosing us as your physical therapists’ and promise to dedicate ourselves to your continued rehabilitation and returning you to your previous level of function. We hope that this website provides you with all of the necessary information to assist you in getting started and committing to your physical therapy program.
As part of our mission to promote wellness to the community, we will be posting videos, pictures and educational facts throughout the year, in order to assist you in maintaining your optimal level of function and protecting your body during all your activities.
In light of all the snow we have been having on Long Island, our first educational post addresses several tips for safe body mechanics while shoveling snow.
1. If you are a sedentary or elderly person or at risk for injuring yourself, ask health care provider prior to shoveling. Your health is most important!
2. Warm up prior to shoveling- jog in place or do some gentle dynamic stretching exercises to warm up muscles.
3. Use an ergonomic shovel that is designed to be light, and have a contoured handle to decrease bending.
4. Keep the shovel close to your body, bend from the knees, not the back. Avoid lifting and twisting simultaneously.
5. Start slowly, allowing body to become accustomed to load demands. Take a break every 15 minutes and stand up straight.
6. Listen you your body!! If you feel pain, shortness of breath or chest pain, contact your health care provider.
7. If you or a neighbor has a snow blower…USE IT!!!