While winter brings holiday cheer and splendor, it also means hazardous storms and cold temperatures, making roads and sidewalks icy. Unfortunately, this means your risk of slipping and falling increases, which can lead to a serious back injury if you’re not careful.
To ensure your safety and overall wellness during the season of snow, there are numerous precautions you can take. Here are a few ways to avoid back injury this winter:
1. Be smart about shoveling
Keeping driveways and walkways clear is important to avoid slipping and falling, but you need to remember that shoveling can lead to lower back injury. The Virginia Spine Institute recommended the following techniques:
- Stretch your hamstrings, shoulders and lower back before heading outside.
- Use a long, lightweight shovel with a sharp shovel blade.
- Bend at your hips and knees when shoveling – never lift with your back.
- Listen to your body and take breaks if you starts to feel sore.
2. Invest in good boots
Never underestimate the power of a sturdy pair of boots. Worn out tread can lead to slipping and falling that could’ve been avoided. Take a look at your current winter footwear and decide if it’s time to invest in a new pair before bracing for the storm.
3. Take it slow while traveling
If you’re traveling by car, always allow for extra time in your commute, especially when the roads are slick. If you ride the bus, don’t chase after it if it gets to your stop before you do. Both of these situations can lead to an unfortunate back injury that puts you in the hospital this winter.
4. Continue exercising
You may be more inclined to cuddle up and hibernate all winter, but exercising year-round is critical for your overall health and well-being. Plus, staying physically active strengthens your muscles and improves balance so you’re in better shape to avoid falling outside when the sidewalk is slick.
Even if you take the necessary safety precautions, there’s still a chance you could injure your back this winter. If you find yourself feeling sore and stiff, consider chiropractic care. A professional can help relieve those aches and pains that are bothering you and keeping you from your activities.
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