How to shovel; the right way

Local - 3/3/2014 3:25 PM by Rachael Cardin

OAK HILL - It seems like an easy task, but medical professionals said they see lots of back and muscle injuries that stem from shoveling snow.

Physical Therapists at Active Fitness Center demonstrated the proper body mechanics one should use to shovel. Medical professionals advised pushing the snow off to the side when possible, instead of lifting it. Elderly people are not the only ones prone to injury in this way; these therapists said they see people in their early 20s who throw out their backs or slip disks from winter cleanup. Active Fitness Center Physical Therapists and PT Assistants walked Newswatch through how to properly shovel snow.

"You always want to stay facing what you're shoveling. Bend at the hips and the knees, don't bend your back. Keep you stomach tight, chest out. Try to keep the load light and when you are shoveling no twisting at the waist. Pivot where you want to throw the snow that you are shoveling," said Active Fitness PT Assistant, Joshua Smith.

Keep these helpful hints in mind as you shovel your sidewalks and driveways.


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