If you suffer back problems or after shoveling snow, it is because either you are using improper form or you do not have the right equipment. People often do not put too much thought into just how we shovel until something happens. It is estimated that over 11,000 Americans end up in the emergency room for snow shoveling related injuries on average. If you are suffering from back pain due to snow shoveling, chiropractic care can help tremendously. Our team at Ivy Commons Family Chiropractic in Charlottesville is here to help if you are dealing with chronic back pain from shoveling snow.

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Shovels make a massive difference in the effectiveness of moving the snow. Shovels come in various sizes and range from plastic to aluminum for removing snow. Here in Charlottesville, it’s recommended that you own a good quality shovel for snow removal. Good shovels will allow you to engage your upper body more. As a result, your arms take on more of the work, and your lower back takes less of it. You may also benefit from more leverage from long-handled shovels.

Form & Warm-Ups

Your back may be hurting from shoveling snow because you forgot to warm up, or you’re using improper form. Shoveling snow is a workout. Snow can be quite heavy, especially when it is wet. Shovels are heavy themselves, so that is why it is highly recommended to invest in a lightweight and sturdy shovel. It is essential to treat shoveling snow just as you would any other exercise and remember to stay hydrated. Stretches before any workout are always required.

Poor form while shoveling snow can result in severe back pain. Before and after shoveling, you should make sure to stretch your back muscles and aim to keep your back as straight as you can.

The Rest of Your Body

To protect your arms and hands, you want to make sure that you change the grip on your shovel. The best practice to use is to alternate shoveling right and left-handed. While it may not feel comfortable at first, you will be able to rest your dominant hand. This results in a significant reduction in muscle fatigue. This also allows you to shovel more efficiently and safely.

Chiropractic Care

Sometimes seeing our chiropractor for your back pain is necessary, especially if you suffer from back pain due to shoveling snow. Usually, more than one session is needed to correct your problem split up between 2 or 3 sessions per week. Chiropractic care will involve adjustments that will improve alignment, restore movement in the joints and spine, and decrease pain.

Contact Us for an Appointment

Give us a call here at Ivy Commons Family Chiropractic in Charlottesville today to schedule an appointment with our chiropractor. We take back injuries seriously and provide you with the treatment you need. Find out how we can help you live pain-free.