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Winter Safety Tips

Jan 01, 2021 ● By Dr. Harley Martinmaas, DC

By: Dr. Harley Martinmaas, DC

Who’s ready for the fluffy white stuff? It’s great for having a White Christmas, but unfortunately, we usually have two more months of it. Living in South Dakota has prepared us to basically be professional snow removers, right?

Even so, it’s always a good idea to brush up on the proper way to move snow so you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy this winter. For those of you who aren’t one of those lucky people that have a snow blower, it’s important to have a proper snow shovel. If you do have a snow blower make sure you are wearing proper eye protection.

 When shopping for a shovel, look for one that is ergonomic so you can stand more up right. This type of shovel has a curved handle to ensure you use more of your legs than your back. Now you are ready to move snow.

Here are some tips to help you stay injury free this winter:
 Start Early –Start as soon as possible to keep on top of it vs having heavy packed snow to move.

 Warm up – Before you start, stretch to warm and loosen those muscles! Dress in layers to stay warm.

  Stand Up – Let your legs do all the work. Focus on keeping your back straight and push the snow instead of lifting when possible. Don’t twist your body.

 Lighten Up – It’s not a race! Work at a pace that is comfortable for you.

  Take Breaks–Take frequent breaks & drink water to stay well-hydrated.

 Wind Down – Do some gentle stretches when you are finished, drink more water, and if muscles are sore take a hot shower or bath. If you do find that you are sore or stiff for more than a day or two after, it would be a good idea to seek help.

Chiropractic is a great for that, by realigning your spine that will help those muscles relax. By using these tips, you will be ready to tackle the next big snowstorm.