MaxWell Medical

Shove(l) It

In Injuries, Lifestyle on 12/28/2010 at 7:50 pm

On your mark, get set, SNOW! Unfortunately the NYC blizzard of 2010 did not end in record time, but finished with record mass transit delays. With all the city cutbacks, NYC was not prepared for this snow storm. But I’m guessing with all the extra bike lanes being constructed throughout each borough, everything will be just fine (Thank you Mayor).

The good news is that the streets of Manhattan are almost clean. The bad news is that most of us don’t live in Manhattan. But like they always say, if you want things done right, you have to do it yourself. Meaning it’s time to break out your shovels. Whether you’re clearing the snow off your front porch, or trying to dig out your car, MaxWell Medical wants to make sure you shovel to minimize and avoid any possible shoveling injuries.

Our Physical Therapist Assistant Cesar Salce recommends 5 Secrets to Smart Shoveling:

  1. Choose a shovel that can help prevent back strain. Shovels are now available in different types. Find one that is lightweight and has curved handles to help alleviate strain.
  2. Make sure you stretch your muscles before and after you are done shoveling. Stretching will help your heart get pumping and loosen your muscles.
  3. Bend with your knees and not with your back. Keep your feet shoulder-width apart with your knees bent as you shovel the snow.
  4. Always toss the snow forward. By doing so, you’re avoiding twisting your body and preventing additional strain.
  5. Stay hydrated; make sure you drink plenty of water. Drink before, drink during, and drink after. Shoveling is quite the work-out.

The weather outside is frightful, but our offices are so delightful. And since you’re stuck in the snow…Shovel smart and stay warm! We hope our shoveling tips are helpful. Stay tuned for more winter themed blogs to help you survive this season.

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