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Snow Shoveling

The more you understand your body and how it functions, the better equipped you'll be at taking care of yourself to achieve optimal health. Our team of chiropractic professionals empower patients to take charge of your own health and future, educating you about your condition to decrease your need for future care. We've included the Patient Education section on our website to provide you with valuable, practical wellness information which you can incorporate into your lifestyle to improve the quality of your life. We hope you will turn to these pages whenever you have a question about health related issues and urge you to contact our practice at any time to make an appointment with one of our chiropractors.

You may be asked to:

  • Bend your neck and mid and low back in all directions, to determine problems regarding spinal range of motion
  • Bend your knee to your chest while lying on your back.  This is a test to see if there is to see if there is hip, low-back, or muscle problems
  • Lie down and raise one leg – This is referred to as the straight leg test in which the chiropractor gently pushes on your raised leg to check for sciatic nerve irritation on tight hamstrings.

Foot Orthotics Informative Video by Foot Levelers; https://vimeo.com/160381789

The Complete Guide to Home Modifications to Prevent Falls: https://www.bigrentz.com/how-to-guides/guide-home-modifications-prevent-seniors-falling 

Selling a Home with Modifications for Older Adults: https://www.homecity.com/home-modifications-and-selling-your-home 

 Helping a Senior Regain Confidence After a Fall: https://www.fivestarseniorliving.com/blog/health-wellness/helping-a-senior-regain-confidence-after-a-fall

 

 

 

 

As far as household chores are concerned, snow shoveling is one of the most stressful and traumatic household chores you can do to your spinal cord and muscles.

When shoveling, consider these tips:

  • Make sure your body is properly conditioned before donning your winter coat and grabbing your snow shovel. Warmed-up muscles will be less likely to tighten up or snap when under the strains of snow shoveling. You can warm up by taking a brisk walk or doing simple stretching exercises, such as knee-to-chest pulls, trunk rotations, and side bends with hands above your head and fingers locked.
  • Layer your clothing to keep from overheating. This helps to keep your muscles warm, and flexible.
  • Stand erect and push the snow straight ahead, avoid lifting and tossing heavy loads of snow. And especially avoid twisting when holding a shovel full of heavy snow. Bend at your knees not your waist to lift when shoveling.
  • Rest frequently to take the strain off your muscles.
  • Try to stand as erect as possible.

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