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How to Ease Back Pain Caused by Shovelling Snow

Shoveling Snow Back Pain

Back Pain Relief Can Happen

Do you fear the dreaded “S” word? Does it send chills down your back when you hear the word “snow”? Do bad memories remind you of the time you needed to shovel the snow and back pain appeared?

Well I am glad you have found us! Ease from back pain is possible after an injury.

Steps To Take To Avoid Injuring Your Back And How To Ease Back Pain

Prevention goes a long way to minimize back pain. Here is a list of some strategies you can use to prevent injury.

  1. 1
    Use a small shovel or lift small amounts of snow. Better yet, rather than lifting the snow, push the shovel instead. Be sure to use your legs to create momentum.
  2. 2
    Bend at the knees, not the back. This allows your strong leg muscles to do the lifting.
  3. 3
    Avoid twisting the body. Instead, take a step and turn the whole body so the back isn’t being overworked.
  4. 4
    Wear footwear with a thick tread and soft rubber. This type of footwear will keep you from slipping and falling in the snow.
  5. 5
    Be sure to stretch your back and legs following snow shovelling. Your muscles will tighten as you work, so doing some gentle stretches will prevent the body from seizing up once you’ve stopped.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of strategies you can use to prevent injury when shovelling the snow. Injuries do happen, for whatever reason, it happens. Thankfully there are strategies you can use to relieve your back pain. For some tips and advice on how to ease back pain, feel free to download this Free Report. In the Free Report, there are 9 different strategies you can use to start feeling better from your back pain.

Back Pain Guide

Don’t Let Back Pain Stop You

Just because you have experienced back pain in the past, doesn’t mean you need to stop living life. It is estimated that at least 50% of the population has experienced low back pain at some point in their life. Taking proper preventative measures such as performing a regular stretching and strengthening exercise program will help. But, if you continue to experience prolonged back pain, there are treatments available for you. Most episodes of back pain can be helped with a customized physiotherapy program. Addressing your specific needs and getting you back to your desired activities is the goal of your physiotherapy treatment. If you have questions, because you are unsure if physiotherapy is the right course of action for you, please call us at 289-755-5502 or click on this link to speak with one of our Physiotherapists. They will happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have in helping you relieve your back pain


Valerie Van Woudenberg

Valerie Van Woudenberg

Valerie is a Physiotherapist and owner of Gage Physiotherapy and Foot Clinic. She believes that in order to take care of yourself, a holistic approach to treatment is required. She does this by looking at the whole person and assessing the biology, psychology and social elements that surround a person. Each element creates a unique dimension to the individual and affects how we function and respond to pain. Valerie focuses on helping people who desire to stay mobile and independent and have been let down by previous physiotherapy treatments, doctors or other treatments. She believes all active adults should have the confidence in knowing that their body can stand up to any task and stay mobile without the worrying of lingering injuries slowing them down.
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