Shoveling snow is a common cause of back pain and can exacerbate an existing back condition. Using simple and appropriate snow-shoveling techniques will go a long way in preventing unnecessary pain and injury.

Prepare the Lower Back

  • Warm Up
  • Dress Warmly
  • Drink Water

Support Your Back While Shoveling Snow

  • Avoid excessive arm movement.
  • Keep the back straight at all times.
  • Stabilize the spinal posture with appropriate hand placement.
  • Dump snow by pivoting the entire body along the direction of the foot.

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